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2 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 November, 2019 09:02:07 PM
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Foreign actors must not ‘impose will’ on protests: Iraq cleric

AFP, Karbala, Iraq
Foreign actors must not ‘impose will’ on protests: Iraq cleric

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned foreign actors yesterday against interfering in anti-government protests that erupted early last month and urged political factions to avoid “infighting”.

“No person or group, no side with a particular view, no regional or international actor may seize the will of the Iraqi people and impose its will on them,” Sistani said in his weekly sermon read by a representative in the Shiite holy city of Karbala. It comes after comments by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday in which he urged protesters in both Iraq and Lebanon to pursue their demands through “legal frameworks”.

Iraq has close but complicated ties with neighbouring Iran but also with Tehran’s sworn foe Washington.

Since rallies against corruption and unemployment broke out on October 1, demonstrators and their detractors have accused each other of being backed by outside actors.

More than 250 people have been killed and 10,000 wounded in the last month as the protests intensified into calls for the “downfall of the regime.”

 

 

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