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Expressing solidarity with protesters, Iraqi minorities cancel celebrations

Iraqi minorities cancel celebrations of major events such as Christmas and New Year's in support of the protesters.
Iraqi demonstrators gather at Tahrir Square during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily - RC233E9H73A5
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BAGHDAD — As young people in Tahrir Square were getting ready to erect a giant tree to celebrate their revolution in parallel with Christmas and New Year's Day, Christians in Iraq announced that they won’t be celebrating the two holidays this year out of respect for those who died during the demonstrators that broke out over the past two months in the country.

Two years after the defeat of the Islamic State (IS), which committed war crimes and genocide against members of religious minorities, namely the Yazidis and Christians, representatives of religious minorities are showing solidarity with the demands of the protesters in Tahrir Square and across Iraq.

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