Athra Alliance of Iraq postpones mass protest out of respect for mourning families of victims of Baghdede fire

BAGHDEDE, Iraq — Amid ongoing religious ceremonies and funeral proceedings for the victims of the devasting wedding hall fire in the Nineveh Plains town of Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniya), Iraq, that claimed over 100 Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian lives, the Athra Alliance has announced the postponement of a planned public protest in respect for the victims and their grieving families and communities.

The Athra Alliance is a political coalition of five Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties in Iraq.

According to the Alliance’s statement, the remains of 38 of the victims currently at the forensic medicine office remain identified.

The protest, initially scheduled for Sunday, 8 October, in Baghdede, will express the demands of the victim’s families and the people of Nineveh Plains for accountability.