Popular protests in neighbouring Iran saw public opinion in Iraq split. But it was a tricky subject. As one commentator on social media put it: Either you are for the Shiite people, or the Shiite government.
One comment that was particularly widely circulated and debated was this one: “Dear Iraqis who are loyal to Iran,” it read. “These demonstrations are being carried out by Shiite Muslims in Iran. Do you dare to support them, in the same way you supported oppressed Shiites in Bahrain and Yemen and Qatif [in Saudi Arabia]?”


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