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200,000 Iraqis on the streets: "Iraq for the Iraqis"
by Frontlines Newspaper (alternative [at]
Friday Apr 18th, 2003 6:49 PM
Mass demonstrations against US occupation in Baghdad and other cities.

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Over 200,000 Iraqis Demonstrated in Baghdad and other cities: "Iraq for the Iraqis!" By Frontlines correspondents, with additional information from AFP, Reuters, AP Al-Jazeera, Al-Arayiba and Abu Dhabi

Tens of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated following Friday prayers. There were Shias from the Eastern parts of the City and Sunnis from the West and Central Baghdad: clerics, Muslim organizations, but also members of professional associations, small merchants, lower strata of the Baath Party and students, some of them from the left wing Iraqi National Liberation Front.

The largest of the demonstrations occurred when 50,000 people jammed the streets of Al-Sadr City, formerly known as Saddam City, patrolled by Kalashnikov-wielding guards.

But other hundreds of thousands poured out of mosques around the city and in a number of other cities around the country, like Najuf, Karbala, Mosul and Basra, and demonstrated against Washington's presence.

While some mainstream media reports in the US focused on one of the demonstrations, with 12,000 people who marched in Downtown Baghdad, the scope and breadth of the mass mobilizations at many other sites went mainly unreported.

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