THE entire world, without exception, was shaken when thousands of supporters of Iraqi Shiite politician Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the heavily fortified government district of Green Zone and took the Parliament building by a storm.
They stormed the Parliament building in protest against the failure of Members of Parliament to vote on the formation of the technocrat government that was presented by the current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in response to calls made months ago by supporters of al-Sadr for reforms and fight against corruption.
After the loyalists of al-Sadr were forced to leave the building, they called for an open strike in the Green Zone following which the operation security command in Baghdad declared a state of emergency in the capital and shut all entrances to the city.
Personally speaking, we tell the entire world that the radio, television and news agencies which were shaken by that news report of storming the parliament is ‘outdated’ or Déjà vu the words of our French speaking brothers in humanity.
We are among the nations which have stormed the Parliament at least in the 21st century; although, our Parliament was not stormed by aggravators, common people or laymen; it was stormed by the elite of our society, the Members of Parliament, who were elected by thousands of Kuwaitis to represent them.
They were the ones who were given a mandate by the citizens to legislate and oversee government work using certain tools which are enshrined in the Constitution; but instead of continuing with their excellent work, they decided to storm the Parliament to enforce their views and speak their minds.
We saw them standing on the tables inside the Parliament to address their supporters as if they were talking to their supporter in on of the corners of the famous London’s Hyde Park.
We saw them destroying documents which were on the desks of the MPs. They looked drunk, delighted in the belief they had won the ‘battle’ by storming the National Assembly which we call ‘the Abdallh Al-Salem Hall’.
Therefore, we tell our Iraqi brothers, ‘You should find new ways of protesting because we have preceded you in the storming of Parliament’. Your storming of the Parliament is Deja Vu.”
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister Oil