On October 25th, the Iraqi people sprinted out into their streets to demand radical changes and out of the miseries they have been enduring for decades. While protests started earlier in the month, it is on that day the nation rose up, and their revolution started. From Baghdad and various areas of Iraq, the Lebanese on Instagram have received messages from them via their photos and videos, tagging our revolution and our slogans, and some even taking pictures holding our Lebanese flag with theirs.
We couldn’t miss noticing the imprint of the Lebanese Revolution on theirs. From using our most famous slogans and proclaiming it a peaceful protest to singing our protesters’ songs, turning their protests into celebrations, and empowering the women of the Iraqi Revolution as vital elements, among others.
With the various messages I’ve seen on Instagram directed to our protesters, I.G style, I can’t but bring this to the attention of our public, for their IG messages are left mostly unanswered till now.
Unlike our revolution, sadly though, their intended peaceful one is being strongly challenged in various parts of their country, even worse than what our protesters have faced in Nabatieh and downtown Beirut.
We are indeed deeply blessed by our Army and security forces that see in our protesters their own brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers. And family is a sacred bond that comes before any orders. Let us take a look together at the budding Iraqi Revolution, as we wish them peace, safety, and the ultimate achievement.
Until a few days ago, the Iraqi protesters used this slogan like ours, and they would tag their IG images with both slogans, ours and theirs. More recently, they have switched to using more predominantly the slogan, “I am going down the streets to take my rights.”
From The Joker to Anonymous Masks, you’ve certainly seen them these past two weeks in the protests in Lebanon; many have been doing just that, wearing meaningful masks to make powerful statements. The Iraqi protesters are doing so too.
This Lebanese protester couldn’t even wait for the first week of the revolution to pass by. He had to propose to his sweetheart, publicly, amid his fellow protesters. And so we see now in the Iraqi protests:
That real-life scene at the start of our revolution, when a young Lebanese woman reacted in defense of her fellow protesters, went viral and turned iconic to the revolution. In Iraq, the women of the revolution are taking also a similar stance.
This was the first marriage the was celebrated in the Lebanese protest and which photos were picked up by the international mainstream media; the first, we say, because several others followed suit. And now in Iraq:
Our Lebanese artists of the revolution have been on fire, conveying their emotions and messages on the streets as well as with illustrations, paintings, and graphic designs that have been circulating online. And here is one of the Iraqi revolution:
From card games to ball games and tawleh and baby foot matches, we’ve been seeing them in our protests from the onset of our revolution, which has been fueled with fun and empowering times. The Iraqi protesters are doing the same, making sure to lighten up the days of their sit-in during the difficult period they are living:
It is significant to share that, despite that bright side of the Iraqi revolution, the protesters have been under tremendous duress. Their protests started actually early October before turning into a national revolution, and there have been hundreds of deaths and over six thousand wounded.