The Coordinating Committee for the October Demonstrations in Iraq issued a strongly worded statement against the Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, accusing him of “shame and disgrace” and “betraying the rebels”, after the security forces broke up the Basra sit-in as soon as Sadr’s supporters withdrew from it.
The shock forces arrested a number of demonstrators
in connection with the
breaking up of the Basra sit-in by force … and scenes documenting the storming and burning of tents
. He rode our wave, rode it, and tried to take advantage of us.
The statement added: “Stay in the arenas until achieving the goals of the revolution, and we will not let the blood of the martyrs down and they will not be a card on the political trading table as Sadr did.”
The statement concluded by saying: “What he did was shame and betrayal of the revolutionaries, and its price will be to lead the next government as promised by Iran.”
The dispersal of the Basra sit-in came immediately after the withdrawal of Sadr’s supporters from it, which raised doubts about his complicity or his prior knowledge of the operation, with the aim of conveying a message that his presence is the one that protects the demonstrators.
Sadr’s supporters withdrew after a tweet of their leader on Friday, in which he blamed the Tahrir Square demonstrators who questioned him, considering that he was a support for them, and he said that after this he will not interfere in their affairs, neither in the negative nor in the affirmative.
Al-Sadr’s tweet followed the withdrawal of his supporters, who sit in the squares in Nasiriyah, Diwaniyah, Basra, and Baghdad.