Sunni protests are still taking place today in Iraq. The Sunni’s believe that many laws against anti terrorism laws are racist towards them. The saying of the Sunni protesters has become “Iraq or Maliki.” Maliki is the current leader of Iraq and many attempts have been made to over throw him. The protests were started by the arrest of the finance minister’s body guard, who is a Sunni, in mid December. The reason for arrest was anti terrorism law. The big picture that Sunni’s feel they are not a part of the country any more.
The majority of these protests have been peaceful; however there are some signs that violence is approaching. The leader of protests in Kirkuk, Bunyan Sabar al-Obeidi, was shot while driving his car. There have been several shooting of protesters. It also looks like the government is the only one ready for violence, Al jazeera reported that many of the rebel Sunnis are thinking violence will be the only way to get what they want. Maliki has taken some of their concerns in but is not listening enough. The rebels have changed their mind on negotiation. This is the significance of creating the slogan “Iraq or Maliki,” because it signifies that they want to over throw Maliki or no longer be a part of the country.