|April 16, 2018 -- Iraqis protest against U.S.-led attacks on Syria, at Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, on April 15, 2018. Thousands of Iraqis rallied Sunday in downtown Baghdad to protest against U.S.-led attacks on Syria. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)
BAGHDAD, April 16, 2018 -- Thousands of Iraqis loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and some civil rights activists rallied Sunday in downtown Baghdad to protest against U.S.-led attacks on Syria.
The demonstrators rallied in Tahrir Square in the afternoon rising Iraqi and Syrian flags in solidarity with the people of Syria, and chanting slogans condemning the bombing against Syria.
The protestors held banners reading "No, No, America. No, No, colonialism," and "America kills Syrian civilians in the name of democracy." The demonstrators also burned the American flag as a sign of their anger and condemnation of the bombing on a number of sites in Syria.
"In response to the call of Moqtada al-Sadr, our Sadr loyalists as well as Iraqi people are conducting mass rally to protest the aggression launched by America, France and Britain on Syria," Sheikh Hussein al-Saedi, an organizer of the demonstration, told Xinhua.
"The bombardment on Syrian cities early on Saturday is unjust and a blatant aggression, and is against the international laws and human values," Saedi said.