Friday, Mar. 19, 2010

April 2005
The Second Anniversary

"The 9th of April is a day in which one tyrant fell so that another occupying tyrant could take his place."

—statement from the Iraqi Islamic Party, as quoted in The New York Times

On the second anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein, tens of thousands of Iraqis participate in a peaceful demonstration in Baghdad's Firdos Square, the site where Saddam's statue was pulled down by U.S. Marines at the start of the war. The demonstrators demand that the U.S. set a timetable for withdrawal and that Iraqi detainees be released from U.S.-run prisons. Many of the protestors are followers of the radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.