We started the demonstrations simply because we could not stand the heat of the summer without electricity and we raised slogans demanding an end to the corrupt Ministry of Electricity. The numbers of the demonstrators grew so fast that the officials became nervous and started to confess about the corruption of each other.
In the last two weeks, we heard over the televisions confessions of stealing public money which have emptied all our resources and forced poverty and no jobs on the people while the officials gained unimaginable fortunes.
On top of it all, Iraq has the most corrupt justice system now, where law does not prevail. Judges and police stations advise women to resolve to their tribes for protection and empowerment.
It is such a mess.
Our demands at this point are:
Iraqi people will no longer tolerate the corrupt sectarian Islamists which were empowered by the U.S. occupation.
Islamist militias who have confiscated all the public money and roam around the streets armed and above the law…all of that will not be tolerated any more.
The current corrupt and hostile Iraqi government should not be supported by the international community anymore. It is time that Iraqi people get the resources of the oil and live in prosperity.
Organization of Women’s freedom in Iraq, President OWFI