Hundreds of Iraqi women took to the streets of Baghdad on Thursday to join anti-government protests.
Female protesters, some veiled, some not, marched along with men, defying the cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr's order to hold separate demonstrations for both genders.
«The people want to overthrow the regime. The people would like to establish the ruling system which they deserve to have. We deserve a... Еще good ruling system», one protester said.
«[To whoever said] that women have no role in the revolution, we tell them this is not correct, as we encounter the same circumstances which our brothers are encountering, and that we will always stick to them», she added, defending women's right to demonstrate.
Ahead of the march, Al-Sadr attacked the activists on Twitter page, slamming the protest movement as full of «nudity, promiscuity, drunkenness, immorality, debauchery ... and non-believers».