Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.

May 5, 2011

Growing struggles demanding an end to the U.S. occupation are taking place throughout Iraq.

On April 9 – the eight-year anniversary of U.S. troops entering Baghdad – tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in Baghdad and put forward demands including for an end to the U.S. occupation and for Prime Minister Maliki to step down. Organizers said that the demonstrations will continue every Friday until the demands are met. In Mosul, hundreds of people have been gathering in the streets every day since April 7th to demand an end to the U.S. military presence in Iraq and have vowed to continue their protests until U.S. forces leave the country. These demonstrations are following on the heels of a wave of anti-occupation protests in cities and towns throughout the country which began in late February.

In April, U.S. Secretary of State Robert Gates and other U.S. officials admitted to plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the promised December 31 deadline for withdrawal. Once again, extended deadlines and promises for the phased withdrawal of U.S. troops are being used by U.S. imperialism to buy time to build up a puppet army in Iraq and defeat the resistance.

But it is U.S. imperialism which will be defeated in Iraq because the Iraqi people are resisting. The Iraqis will win because they are fighting for freedom and independence and this cause is stronger that the greatest military power in the world which fights only for colonialism and domination.