For all the pretense of being 'woke,' the US continues to stick its head in the sand when it comes to the suffering in other countries. The activists in Iraq are living in the destruction that the US government created. So it is appalling that the US press can't cover this, doesn't want to cover this. Maybe its their guilt over selling the Iraq War? Probably not because guilt really isn't an emotion journalists are known to have.
Ihab died, in part, because of journalistic silence. He wasn't the first killed or the tenth or the fiftieth or the hundredth or . . . There was a lot of time for the press to run with this story and amplify what has been going on. The culture of silence allows these murders to continue.
The press too often silences the deaths and it also silences the reactions to the death. Suadad al-Salhy (MEE) notes that the response to Ihab's murder was to call for more protests. And the protests continue and the protesters continue to be attacked. This morning, Sura Ali (RUDAW) reports:
Security forces in central Iraq’s Babil early Thursday arrested large numbers of protestors who were part of reinvigorated demonstrations in the city following the assassination of a prominent activist, a local activist confirmed to Rudaw English.
Masses of protestors, who have taken to the streets since the assassination of Karbala activist Ihab al-Wazni on Sunday calling for accountability, were arrested overnight, according to Babil activist Ammar al-Ghazali.
Videos on social media show clashes between riot police and demonstrators near al-Thawra Bridge in the center of the city. Protesters set tires on fire on the streets, while security forces fired Molotov cocktails to disperse the protesters.
"The protesters agreed to declare a truce for three days during Eid al-Fitr, after which the escalation will resume in the case Wazni’s killers are not revealed, and the arrest campaign against protesters and activists continues," Ghazali told Rudaw English.
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