Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine's Day in Baghdad

Photo by Karim Kadim/AP Photo
Scores of Iraqi women took to the streets in central Baghdad on Valentine's Day to protest government corruption and clamor for basic state services.

The women carried placards showing a heart-shaped outline streaked with a black mourning stripe.

Scribbled in Arabic were such slogans as:
  • "We're not asking for a tower -- simply repair the sewers."
  •   "The people's oil is for the people, not the thieves."
  •  "Not to corruption and fraud."
  •  "Where are the election campaign promises?"
  •  "We demand a Ministry of Fraudster Affairs."
  •  "We need electricity to hear ministers' promises."
  •  "Graduates on the streets, illiterates in high positions."