Iraq: The Sadrist Movement held a peaceful parade in the capital Baghdad in response to a call by its leader, Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr. Iraqi citizens, including religious scholars, tribal leaders, and women, came from throughout the country to demand an end to the US occupation. Participants wore colors of the Iraqi flag, tore up US and Israeli flags, and chanted slogans against the US to confirm their commitment to Iraqi sovereignty.
Yemen: Seventy-two people have been killed in the past four days of clashes in Sana’a between Yemeni security forces and supporters of Sadiq al-Ahmar, the leader of the Hashid Tribe. President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered the arrest of Ahmar and his supporters and to put them on trial for engaging in an armed rebellion. One resident said that last night, Sana’a “spent a night in hell” as the city witnessed relentless artillery and rocket shelling from either side. However, protestors affirm that they will continue their movement until Saleh steps down.
Egypt: The Coalition of the Revolution Youth is calling for a second revolution as the people are growing increasingly frustrated with the pace of change in Egypt. Calls have been made online for a nationwide protest movement aimed at ending political corruption and hastening the trials of former Egyptian officials, including that of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Bahrain: Iraq is sending an aid convoy to Bahrain amid the continued Saudi-backed crackdown on anti-regime protestors. The convoy will include medical aid, medical equipment, and food supplies. The Iraqi government says the move is intended to show its solidarity with the Bahraini people and with those who have been detained, injured, and killed in the country’s protest movement.
Lebanon: The Kawluna wal Amal Associaton held a celebration for Liberation and Resistance Day, an anniversary for the pullout of Israeli troops from Lebanon in 2000. Political and cultural figures attended the event in Bar Elias and speakers at the celebration were united in their belief of the necessity to “protect the resistance.”