Protester Hilin: I will boycott the election – News (Echo)

In exactly one week, next Sunday, there will be legislative elections in Iraq. The enthusiasm is moderate, although many Iraqis say they yearn for change, better municipal services and a country free from corruption and armed militias.

In Baghdad, the Iraqi protest movement celebrates its second anniversary.

Enthusiastic discussion choirs on change echo the Arab Spring. Many protesters I speak to have said they plan to boycott the elections within a week.

Hilin says the system is corrupt and his voice doesn’t matter because the hold of militias, parties and Iran over Iraq is stronger than the will of the people:

His friend Mulhem does not agree.

– The election is our only chance to change and there are candidates who represent the democratic movement, we must vote for them.

One of the leaders of the so-called October Revolution, Ali Al Khayal, 29, asks:

– Why does the whole world accept that Iraq allows parties which have a military branch to stand for parliamentary elections? Would a country in Europe allow it?

Ali Al Khayal is among those who believe that the United States destroyed Iraq and then delivered the country on a silver platter to Iran. It is the Iranian loyalists who control the country along with the corrupt politicians.

Ali wears a black t-shirt that says: I’m sick of always being afraid, this endless stream of horror.

He also has several close friends who were killed during the protests. He looks at us and bursts into a long litany of why.

– Why don’t we have water and electricity, why don’t we have proper municipal transport, why all Iraqi authorities have to bribe, why, why, why? We just want to live.

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