Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Young Iraqis held a Valentine’s Day rally in Baghdad on Monday to call on their leaders to love the war-battered country rather than rob its resources.”We do not want Valentine’s Day to be only one day of love but a celebration for reform, democracy, citizenship and freedom”.

Our people in wounded Iraq. We have gathered your children in this place and are determined to change the corrupt reality which cannot be tolerated any longer. Killing, displacement, unemployment, arbitrary arrests, theft of public funds and hunger mark our lives. Our salvation and the salvation of our children and future generations will only come by ending the American occupation and the political system based on sectarian and ethnic quotas created by the occupation and adopted the Green Zone politicians who proved to us day after day, they did not come to serve Iraq as they claim, but to serve their own interests.

The sons and daughters of Iraq; your youths decided to march forwards today for their right to freedom and decent living, and for a vision for a better tomorrow. Your youth dream of a bright future after the deposing for ever of the system of the ethnic and sectarian quotas.

Our Iraqi heroes .. We will use the earth in Firdous Square as our bed and we will stay here at the heart of Baghdad, day and night until all our demands are accepted and met. our demands at the present time:

1. Obliterating corruption and bringing to justice those who have embezzled or misused public funds.

2. Provide the full entitlements under the ration system and ensure complete coverage for all. Initiate immediate plans of action in order to improve of basic public services.

3. The release of detainees who are held without trial or charge and immediate disclosure of all secret prisons.

4. Providing job opportunities for all young people.

5. The enactment of the immediate care and financial support for millions of orphans and widows and to increase the salaries of retirees.

These are our primary demands. They are the demands of the majority of the Iraqi people.

We appeal to our youths to join the march for these national demands based on the sincere desire for national independence, for rebuilding Iraq and to preserve the unity and dignity of its people. We deplore any attempt of a partisan monopoly or political manipulation of this popular movement.

Our primary goal to change the dire situation faced by Iraqis urging our fellow youth to join the Iraq Liberation march to join us or organise sit-ins at their local centres or squares.

The preparatory committee for the protest

The popular movement for the salvation of Iraq

Occupied Baghdad 14th Feb 2011


يا أهلنا في العراق الجريح.. لقد تجمع أبنائكم في هذا المكان وعقدوا العزم على تغيير الواقع الفاسد الذي بلغ حدا لا يمكن السكوت عليه، فالقتل والتهجير والبطالة والاعتقال وسرقة المال العام والجوع أصبحت صفات لا تفارق حياتنا وإن خلاصنا وخلاص أبناءنا وأجيالنا لن يكون إلا بالخلاص من الاحتلال الأمريكي والنظام السياسي القائم على المحاصصة الطائفية التي ابتكرها الاحتلال وتبناها سياسيو المنطقة الخضراء الذين اثبتوا لنا يوما بعد يوم أنهم لم يأتوا لخدمة العراق مثلما أوهموا الناس، بل لخدمة مصالحهم الخاصة.

لقد قرر أبنائكم وبناتكم من شباب العراق أن يتقدموا اليوم بصدورهم العامرة المؤمنة بحقهم في الحرية والحياة والعيش الكريم، والحالمة بغد أفضل ليفتحوا صفحة جديدة ومشرقة من تاريخ العراق وليسقطوا والى الأبد نظام المحاصصة الطائفية والعرقية.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

((ان الله لا يغير ما بقوم حتى يغيروا ما بأنفسهم))

أيها العراقيين الأبطال.. نحن سنفترش تراب العراق ونعتصم هنا في قلب بغداد النابض وبصورة سلمية ليلا ونهارا حتى تنفذ جميع مطالبنا، ومنها في الوقت الحاضر:

1. محاربة الفساد وتقديم سراق المال العام الى القضاء .

2. توفير مفردات البطاقة التموينيه كاملة والشروع الفوري بتحسين الخدمات .

3. اطلاق سراح المعتقلين الذين لم تثبت عليهم جرائم والكشف الفوري عن السجون السرية .

4. توفير فرص عمل للشباب .

5. سن قانون فوري لرعاية ملايين الايتام والارامل وزيادة رواتب المتقاعدين .

هذه مطالبنا الأولية وان لم تنفذ سيكون للمعتصمين خطاب ثاني.

نناشد شبابنا العراقي الطاهر بالانضمام الى مسيرة المطالب الوطنية المرتكزة على خلفية وطنية خالصة مستقلة مؤكدة على بناء العراق والحفاظ على وحدته وكرامة شعبه دون ان يكون لها خلفيات حزبية اوفئوية

ان هدفنا الاساسي تغيير الوضع المزري الذي يعيشه العراق مناشدين اخوتنا شباب العراق الانضمام الى مسيرة التحرير بالانضمام الينا او تنظيم اعتصامات في ساحات تواجدهم

والله والعراق من وراء القصد.

الحركة الشعبية لإنقاذ العراق-اللجنة التحضيرية للاعتصام

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بغداد المحتلة 14/2/2011


Sure it was red all over Gaza this year, and earlier than any other country in the world, blood red, not rose red.


The Independent published an article today entitled Israel allows Valentine carnations out of Gaza. The Independent reporter described Israel’s allowing 25,000 carnations to cross the border in the first exports permitted from blockaded Gaza in a year as a gesture. Is this funny or what? Usually the expression gesture holds meanings of good will and kind intentions or so I thought, since gestures usually do not come after killing the people and bulldozing their homes to the ground as well as creating orphans and widows.

Good old Israel allowed 25,000 carnations from Gaza to cross the border so that the lovers in Israel and Europe will have a day to remember, but kept the medicine and children’s food under siege for 19 months. What a gesture… Oh I have forgotten that Palestinian children are not worthy of mercy or consideration, unlike the sensitive Europeans who should celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. I bet those carnations are the most expensive in the whole wide world since they grew in Palestine and were irrigated with blood. But thank God the Independent reporter assured us that Major Peter Lerner, of the military’s civil co-ordination office, said Israel had agreed to relax the blockade for the carnations at the request of the Dutch government. I wonder how come no government in the west succeeded in its requests of Israel to relax the blockade for children’s food and medicine and how come only Valentine’s Day flowers had this privilege.

One more question comes in mind, how come the children of Gaza were harvested by white phosphorus bombs while the carnations of St Valentine remained untouched…the irony that the people who are mourning their loved ones, are the ones who are growing the roses and carnations that will be enjoyed by the civilized part of the world, civilized to the point of creating weapons and watching the children of those who plant those flowers die of starvation and be burned by the bombs.

To all the Palestinian women who have lost their loved ones, may you rise up like olive trees and keep your roots in the soil… you deserve all the roses in the world. 

The photo:
Photo: Reuters