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'Iraqi people are waking up'


Demonstrators have gathered in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to protest against US attempts to prolong its military presence in Iraq beyond the 2011 deadline.

The leader of Iraq's Sadr Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, was among the officials who attended the demonstration to show unity with the people of Iraq.

Press TV interviewed Maher Salloum, a political analyst in Beirut, concerning the recent protest held in the capital.

Press TV: How do you understand this recent movement in Iraq that has started, and has triggered actually, by the parade of the Sadr loyalists?

Salloum: This is an enormous reaction by one of the leaders which is Muqtada [al-]Sadr and his movement, for sure, in Iraq, and this what pure democracy is being correlated to this situation inside Iraq.

Now the invasion in 2003 has already led to this moment and the people are waking, I think, in Sayed Muqtada al-Sadr and his very important speech today, as well as we have heard in Lebanon, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's important speech in retaliation to the Americans and the Israelis [and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu inside the Congress of the US.

Now, what we are witnessing inside the Arab world is a revolution against the totalitarian systems, suppression by the Americans and by their agents. Let's say, in the past, whether in Egypt, in Tunisia, even in Libya and [Muammar] Gaddafi, they are fighting against them, but they are all puppets inside the Libyan soil. And today you are witnessing a huge transformation towards a better representation towards the people, and they are asking the withdrawal of the American troops from the lands of Iraq, which is an Arab and Muslim land, and we truly support this as a human rights activist myself, and as a political analyst today in the Arab world.

Interview cont'd...

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