Iraqis Hold 'Day of Regret'

Protesters commemorate election with red-fingered mockery
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Demonstrators wave red-tipped fingers in the air in mockery of the purple-tipped fingers used to mark those who had voted in last year's election, during a protest in Baghdad's Tahrir Square, Monday.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

(Newser) – Iraqi protesters offered a new spin on the “day of rage” meme that’s been sweeping the Middle East. It was one year ago today that the Iraqis elected their leaders, so they instead held a “day of regret,” the Christian Science Monitor reports. Hundreds of protesters marched in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square waving fingers dipped in red ink, as a kind of parody of the purple-stained fingers that marked voters a year ago.

Protesters fault their leaders for failing to provide basic services like electricity or clean water. That’s probably due at least in part to the massive political squabbling that continues to grip the new parliament. This weekend, Ayad Allawi announced that he was pulling his Iraqiya bloc out of Nouri al-Maliki’s coalition, breaking a power-sharing deal that had taken nine months to negotiate.

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