Counter-protests planned by Shiite political rivals caused panic among the people. Iraqi security forces erected concrete barriers that many feared could escalate to civil strife.
Iraq’s political sphere has been a vacuum since federal elections. The counter-protest was called for by the Coordination Framework, an alliance lead by Shiite parties close to Iran. The alliance instructed participants to gather around Baghdad’s Bridge, which leads to the heavily fortified Green Zone where the Parliament is housed. The alliance also called for its supporters to respect the state security forces and carry Iraqi flags. Security forces erected concrete walls blocking off the passage from the bridge to the Green Zone. Pray for violence to be curbed and for people to find new ways to live in peace, knowing the love of God (The Bible, Psalm 7:16).