Protesters demonstrated against the military government that took control after the protests that toppled the old leader. Many say that they simply took over to take power for themselves, not to pass the reforms that people wanted. The response towards protests has only validated the opinion that the military dictatorship will not cooperate with the people.
Hundreds of Iraqis gathered at the Muhammad al-Qasim Highway to place barricades and disrupt activity as part of the anti-corruption protest movement, chanting slogans against Soleimani and Iranian intervention. The Iraqi government responded by sending dozens of security forces, with heavily militarized riot police assaulting protesters on foot.