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Monuments, statues destroyed by unidentified groups in Iraq

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Jun 30, 2020

Unidentified individuals vandalized June 4 the statue of cleric and poet Mohammed Saeed al-Haboubi in Al-Haboubi Square, the center of protest in Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. No official Iraqi authority has released any information revealing those behind the attacks on public property, especially monuments and statues.

Protesters claimed on Facebook that “the assault on the statue of Haboubi took place after the protesters had left the square, [and that it happened] in order to discredit the demonstrators. Protesters in Al-Habboubi Square are innocent of such acts.” At the same time, members of parliament hinted at the increase of vandalism in the central and southern regions, thus alluding to protesters being behind such acts.

On Jan. 19, leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq Mahmoud al-Rubaie accused “a bunch of bastards” of tearing up the image of the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was assassinated in a US raid in January, thus clearly pointing fingers at the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, Noureddine Ahmed al-Kheliyawi, an activist participating in the demonstrations at Al-Habboubi Square, told Al-Monitor, “The parties make it a point to repeatedly infringe upon the statue of Haboubi, which witnessed previous attacks. It is not demonstrators who are behind such acts but those representing the ruling parties and the influential forces controlling the reins of power. They have erected tents in the squares and the demonstrators have been infiltrated by them.”

He added, “The assault on public property, monuments and statues........

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