He pointed out, “In a country like Iraq, where the security situation is unstable, even convoys of embassies of countries that claim to be democratic and respectful of human rights behave in the same way, [riding in] large convoys that move around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.” Moussawi did not name the embassies he was referring to.
In an interview with Al-Monitor, journalist Walid al-Tai said, “Repeated assaults by Iraqi officials on citizens and state employees are causing social discontent. Iraqi officials need a culture of law and awareness. When they start obeying the law, it will be possible to apply [the law] to everyone. The behavior of these officials is conclusive evidence that they don’t respect the law.”
Agreeing with al-Tai, Saad Hassan, a citizen from Babil, told Al-Monitor, “A minister assaulting police officers before the eyes of the citizens is an insult to the men who are protecting the law: police and security officers.”
The convoy of an Iraqi official in Iraqi cities typically includes dozens of cars and armored vehicles carrying dozens of security personnel.
In an interview with Al-Monitor, journalist Nassar Alkurity of the Iraqi Media Network, said, “The huge convoys of state officials often behave as if they’re above the law. No police officer, security officer or traffic officer can deter these convoys or stop them. They are in clear violation of the law and they cost a lot money, paid by public funds.”
Journalist and writer Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed told Al-Monitor, “The way Iraqi officials are protected shows that the law applies just to the weak.”