- Title: "I will continue protesting," says amputated Iraqi man
- Date: 22nd December 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF ALI'S FRIEND PUSHING WHEELCHAIR AS THEY WALK AT PROTEST SITE ALI SITTING ON WHEELCHAIR / ALI'S FRIENDS NEXT TO HIM (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI PROTESTER WHOSE LEG WAS AMPUTATED DURING CLASHES WITH SECURITY FORCES, HADI ALI, SAYING: "I came out to defend the nation and to topple the corrupt government. There (will be) no more corruption in Iraq. We will topple this (corrupt political system). God willing, we are all one hand. I come back to protest site along with you. I'm okay now, I am proud.'' ALI'S FRIENDS GREETING HIM ALI SITTING WITH FRIENDS IN TENT VARIOUS OF ALI AND FRIENDS CLAPPING AND SINGING AT TENT FRIENDS HELPING ALI GETTING BACK TO WHEELCHAIR / ALI SITTING ON WHEELCHAIR (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI PROTESTER WHOSE LEG WAS AMPUTATED DURING CLASHES WITH SECURITY FORCES, HADI ALI, SAYING: "I will continue protesting, I said this before. I told the protesters that I will come back. One's life is precious, but nothing is precious when it is for the sake of the country. I lost my leg for this country, but the most important thing is that the country is safe." VARIOUS OF ALI AND FRIENDS GATHERING AROUND LIT CANDLES AND SINGING RELIGIOUS SONGS ALI HOLDING CANDLE AND SINGING BAGHDAD, IRAQ (DECEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) IRAQI PROTESTER AND VOLUNTEERING MEDIC WHOSE ARM IS PUT IN CAST, AHMED, CHECKING PATIENT AT MAKESHIFT CLINIC VARIOUS OF AHMED AND DOCTOR CHECKING PATIENT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI PROTESTER AND VOLUNTEERING MEDIC WHOSE ARM IS PUT IN CAST, AHMED, SAYING: "I have stayed at the hospital for about two or three hours only because I cannot leave my job, my job in helping the injured is more important. I only broke my arm I was not shot with gunfire or something, it is not serious. I treated my injury, put on a cast and I didn't go home, I came back to the medical unit." VARIOUS OF AHMED WALKING AT PROTEST SITE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI PROTESTER AND VOLUNTEERING MEDIC WHOSE ARM IS PUT IN CAST, AHMED, SAYING: "I have a dream first for Iraq and the second is for me. It is important to (dream for) Iraq and think about myself later. If Iraq (is not better), I won't be, and my dream would never come true. When I grow up, I want to see a prosperous Iraq, for it to become better than any country in the world. Iraq deserves (a better future) because (the people of) Iraq scarified a lot." GRAFFITI ON WALL / AHMED AND FRIENDS SITTING AHMED AND FRIENDS SITTING AHMED'S FRIEND SMOKING SHISHA VARIOUS OF AHMED AND OTHERS AT TENT
- Embargoed: 5th January 2020 11:49
- Keywords: Anti-government protests in Iraq Injured protesters Iraq protests Iraqis War in Iraq
- Location: BASRA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- City: BASRA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002BB23711
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Amputation is no barrier for 18-year-old Iraqi protester Hadi Ali, who vows to continue protesting regardless of his permanent injury.
He was shot in his leg in the southern city of Basra during clashes with security forces in front of the city's provincial building in October 25.
Despite his injury and an uncertain future looming, Ali is confident that he and his fellow protesters will topple a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty.
In Baghdad, Ahmed, a volunteering medic, sustained a less serious injury. He had his arm fractured during clashes with security forces. He stayed in the hospital only for three hours enough to put his injured arm in a cast.
He later rushed to help other injured protesters at a makeshift clinic at the heart of Baghdad's Tahrir Square.
Ahmed and Ali are among thousands of mostly unarmed young demonstrators taking to the streets since a wave of popular unrest began on October 1.
(Production: Mohamed A'ty, Maher Nazeh, Mohammed Katfan)
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