Revolutionaries torched headquarters of two pro-Iran militias in Diwaniya, Iraq after the assassination of militant Thaer al-Tayeb, who had participated in the anti-government revolt in Baghdad.
Hundreds of anti-government protesters marched Wednesday in southern Iraq to mourn Thaer al-Tayeb the night after the headquarters of two pro-Iran militias were set on fire.
The demonstrators oppose the political class that has run the oil-rich yet poverty-hit country since the American imperialist invasion of Iraq in 2003. They accuse leaders of enriching themselves and of being beholden to neighbor Iran.
Thaer al-Tayeb, a militant from the city of Diwaniya, went to Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the unprecedented revolt shaking Iraq, when the rallies started nearly three months ago.
A suspicious explosion hit Tayeb’s car on December 15, badly wounding him and fellow militant Ali al-Madani, back in Tayeb’s hometown 125 miles south of Baghdad.
After Tayeb’s death in hospital was announced Tuesday, revolutionaries rushed to the two local headquarters of pro-Iran militias and torched them.
First they set fire to the building of the powerful Badr organisation, run by the parliamentary head of the pro-Iran paramilitaries, Hadi al-Ameri.
Then they torched the headquarters of Assaib Ahl al-Haq.
Protesters also blocked roads with burning car tires in the southern city of Basra.
Around 460 protesters have been killed since the start of the demonstrations in early October and 25,000 have been wounded.
Rallies have continued despite a campaign of intimidation that has included targeted killings and abductions of militants.
After dwindling in recent weeks following a string of killings, the protest campaign has rediscovered its vigor at a time when political factions are wrangling over a replacement for outgoing prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi.
He was forced to resign in November in the face of the massive protests, and negotiations to fill his post have remained deadlocked since the latest in a series of deadlines expired at midnight on Sunday.
Revolutionaries in Iraq will continue to fight in opposition to the imperialist interference by Iran and the United States and in memory of militants like Thaer al-Tayeb who died in the struggle.