Two years past since the wounds of the demonstrators
of October, yet their voices remain unheard
Demonstration is a human right which shall be peaceful and having to impose conditions in order to gain its peaceful appearance that expresses freedom of opinion and the right of society. It is not possible to build a state of law without holding the perpetrators of terrorist organized crimes accountable. The October 2019 revolution that embodied the patriotic spirit in the capital of Baghdad, spread to the central and southern provinces. Several demonstrations took place, through which the demands raised by the demonstrators were similar to what was demanded in the beginning of protests in Iraqi cities. In the city of Diwaniyah, and in solidarity with the rest of the Iraqi cities, hundreds of demonstrators rushed out to commemorate this great revolution that demanded reform for the country. The protesters also waved pictures of activists who were assassinated during the past two years, including Safaa Al-Isra. In addition, in Dhi Qar, it was a commemoration of the second anniversary of the October Revolution, where demonstrators were seen carrying pictures of their comrades who were killed during the past two years during the protests, while chanting slogans demanding that those involved in the killing of demonstrators to be revealed and held accountable.
A number of Wasit peasants and farmers in a protest in front of the Agriculture Directorate of Wasit
Kurdistan Region of Iraq, October 2021
In October 2021, the Kurdistan Region witnessed a series of demonstrations, which, according to the monitoring teams in the Kurdistan Region, amounted to eight demonstrations, in all the three Kurdistan provinces: Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk.
The demands of the demonstrators varied with demands related to: Paying the salaries of contractual teachers, as three months have passed and since they have been waiting for their wages to be paid by the Ministry, and the number of demonstrations related to this issue has reached three demonstrations, two in Sulaymaniyah and one in Erbil .
Demonstrations of service contract teachers demanding payment of their wages for the
previous three months
On the other hand, three other demonstrations were recorded by the public transport drivers in Sulaymaniyah, on the rise in fuel prices in the province, where they demanded fuel provision at cheap prices (500 Iraqi dinars per liter).
Public transport drivers Demonstrated Demanding Reducing Fuel Prices
In the last half of October 2021, the results of accepting middle school graduates in universities were announced, and since the results were dire for a large group of graduates, in all three governorates, hundreds of students demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Higher Education and demanded a review of the announced results of (Zankoline) which is an electronic, governmental system for accepting high school graduates in Kurdistan universities. On Friday, October 30, 2021, the Council of Ministers met for four hours and decided to reconsider the results and accept another group of students in universities, and then announce the results again soon.
A demonstration by middle school graduates protesting Zankoline's results for their admission to universities
On the other hand, in Erbil, hundreds of people (Simi Khatunawa) demonstrated against the installation of smart electricity systems, demanding the improvement of internal roads in the region first and then they allow them to install the systems.
Despite that, so far, their demands have not been echoed, and the government has continued to install those systems.
The demonstration of the residents of Sim Khatunawa