Iraq's protests against the Maliki government corruption and policies continue in the streets around the country. Media representatives have already marched in protest of extravagant usage fees and now the countries lawyers are taking part. Will this movement spread to other areas? We don't know, but think it is time that Maliki and his Iran-facing cohorts start facing the Iraqi people's demands.
From a blog post by by Nafia Abdul-Jabbar (AFP) – Feb. 11, 20111
BAGHDAD — Hundreds of lawyers took to the streets across Iraq on Thursday to protest against widespread corruption and unemployment in demonstrations inspired by anti-government uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
The demonstrations in Baghdad, Karbala, Kut, Ramadi and Amara came a day after Iraq's anti-corruption chief said ministers frequently covered up graft in their departments.
In the capital, around 500 people, mostly lawyers but also including some tribal sheikhs, called for the government to open up so-called "secret prisons" to scrutiny, give detainees access to legal counsel and take stronger measures to fight corruption and boost employment. [more]