Riverbend Is a Blogger, "Embedded" in the Real Baghdad, Telling It Like It
Is, Helping Us See With New Eyes.
"Democracy has to come from within and it has to be a request of the people --
not of expatriates who have alliances with the CIA and British intelligence.
People have to want something enough to rise up and change it. They have to be
ready for democracy and willing to accept its responsibility. The US could
have promoted democracy in Iraq peacefully, but then they wouldn't have
permanent bases in the country, would they?"
A BUZZFLASH Interview with Riverbend April 15, 2005
The Cruel Month...
Thousands were demonstrating today all over the country. Many areas in Baghdad
were cut off today for security reasons and to accomodate the demonstrators, I
suppose. There were some Sunni demonstrations but the large majority of
demonstrators were actually Shia and followers of Al Sadr. They came from all
over Baghdad and met up in Firdaws Square- the supposed square of liberation.
They were in the thousands. None of the news channels were actually covering
it. Jazeera showed fragments of the protests in the afternoon but everyone
else seemed to busy with some other news story. Thanks to E. for sending me
Check out the protest here.