The fear of death haunts Iraq’s activists

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Hisham pushes open the door of the café, pokes his head inside, and looks around cautiously. He then walks briskly towards the table and casts a further suspicious glance around the room. It is the first time in a month that the 43-years-old has come back to the Karrada neighbourhood in the centre of Baghdad. “We are brave, but we are not bulletproof. So, we change our meeting places with colleagues and friends, we use fake names in phone calls, we change phone numbers,” he tells The New Arab. Hisham was on the front line during the October Revolution in 2019, the anti-government protest movem…

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