The Iranian Arabic language Al-Alam TV aired a report about an anti-American demonstration on December 14, 2019 by supporters of the Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq militia. According to the reporter, the U.S. plan for intervention in Iraq by imposing sanctions against political figures has suffered a setback with a “mass popular demonstration” in Baghdad. The reporter referred to sanctions against the leader of the Shiite Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq Qais Khazali, see MEMRI clip #7644. Effigies of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others, were hung on a noose and burned over an open flame. The demonstrators waved Iraqi flags and posters of Qais Khazali and set fire to an American flag.
Reporter: The American plan that Washington wants to implement in Iraq by imposing sanctions against Iraqi political figures has suffered another setback. Baghdad has witnessed mass popular demonstrations against the American intervention in Iraqi affairs, and in support of the popular demand for reforms. [The demonstrations were] also against American sanctions against Iraqi personalities. Thousands of people from various parts of Baghdad flocked to Firdaws Square and its environs, waving Iraqi and PMU flags, and carrying pictures of people who were added to the list of those sanctioned by the US.