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.
#1 #LebanonRevolts لبنان_ينتفض - #IraqRevolts العراق_ينتفض
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."
#2 Singing Baby Shark in their protests
Our protesters singing Baby Shark in Beirut to a kid in a car went viral as you know and was picked up major mainstream media news and vloggers, and now by the Iraqi protesters.
First in #Lebanon protests, now in #Basra protesters are dancing on the “Baby Shark” song.— Lawk Ghafuri (@LawkGhafuri) October 28, 2019
I feel the Baby Shark song is becoming the new song of revolution Middle East. #IraqProtests #العراق_ينتفض pic.twitter.com/EiGFdyGcHi
#3 Eco-Friendly Attitude
A beautiful face of our revolution has been the Lebanese people taking the initiative to clean the streets every morning after the protests and sit-ins of the night. For the past two weeks, it has been their way to participate in the revolution for a better Lebanon.
#4 Closing a bridge with their cars
Lebanese Protesters in Jal El-Dib and all the way to Zalka blocked the highway with their cars to counter the attempts of the Lebanese Army to open the roads. They actually turned the highway into a parking lot to stand on their ground! And recently in Iraq:
Well, Jal El-Dib, what have you done, setting such an example?
#5 The face masks to make a statement
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.
#6 Protesting with loud drummers
We might have been a bit too loud, too visible?
#7 The kids of the Revolution
Like the children of the Lebanese Revolution learning the true meaning of patriotism and learning the importance to stand for their rights, the Iraqi children as well have joined their parents in the streets. Don't miss reading: 20+ Spotted Children of the Lebanese Revolution. Blessed be, the hope and legacy of a nation that refuses to die!
#8 Turning the protests into a party
Oh well... Aren't we such an inspiration? Tripoli, Ya A3rousset El Thawara El Lebneniye, do you hear that?
#9 Marriage proposals amid the protest
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:
#10 Empowering the women of the revolution
The moment the Women of the Lebanese Revolution started to get attacked in their honor by anti-protest propaganda, the revolution reacted it with banners and online materials to empower them, hashtagging: Revolution is Female: الثورة_انثى. (The term in Arabic is actually feminine.) That slogan is being seen now in the Iraqi protests:
#11 Spreading large flags by the protesting crowd
Nothing makes a more powerful statement of unity in patriotism than such scenes, where hundreds of people join in to hold their massive flag as they spread it through and over the protesting crowd.
#12 Empowering the kick-ass women of the revolution
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.
#13 Revolutionary faces painted with the country's flag
This is one of the most powerful statements a protester could do: Becoming the personification of what their flag represents.
#14 Marriages amid the protest
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:
#15 Expressing the revolution artistically
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:
#16 Bringing their games to their sit-ins
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.
Both the UN and Amnesty International have tried to pressure the government to stop the violence, at no avail.
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