Meanwhile in Iraq: A Protestor Brings a LION to Counter Police Dogs
The Iraqi police brought their dogs for the protestors, and the protestors got a lion in return.
Okay, this has to be the best story of police defiance we’ve seen all week. Iraqi protestors have been amassing for weeks now, and in response to escalating violence and strife, police officers have been using K9 officers to push back the people.
In response - and we kid you not - a man actually appears to have brought a lion to the party.
The Iraqi police brought their dogs for the protestors, and the protestors got a lion in return????— سارة الباحثة (@SaraAlHashemia) November 13, 2019
Another reason to love Iraq❣️???? pic.twitter.com/fomxq4TLoY
Striding through anti-government protests wearing the Iraqi flag, the lion was the centre of attention, as seen by footage shared on social media.
Four were killed and more than 65 harmed in clashes on Thursday with Iraqi security forces, who were trying to push them back to their main camp in central Baghdad, police and medical sources said. At least 320 people have died so far, while thousands have been wounded, as demonstrators have clashed with security forces.
Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called for calm as people were wounded in the capital on Friday, but protesters scorned his promises of political reform. The violence is the worst since Iraq put down an insurgency by Islamic State two years ago. The protests arose in the south, heartland of the Shi'ite majority, but quickly spread, with no formal leadership.
"It is sorrowful that there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction," Iraq's most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said in a letter read out by his representative during a sermon. "The government and political sides have not answered the demands of the people to fight corruption or achieved anything on the ground," said Sistani, who stays out of day-to-day politics but whose word is law for Iraq's Shi'ites. "Parliament holds the biggest responsibility for what is happening."
The speaker of Iraq's parliament called the protests a "revolution" against corruption but urged calm and proposed reforms such as better state housing support for poor people and ensuring Iraqi graduates are included on lucrative foreign projects for energy sector development.