From Mosul to Baghdad, a song of Iraqi solidarity and resistance

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Published November 17, 2019, 12:28 PM

By Agence France-Presse

While Baghdad anti-regime protesters have clashed with riot police, their supporters in Mosul are using art to fight for change, with a new take on the resistance anthem “Bella Ciao”.

The viral music video has scored hundreds of thousands of hits despite frequent internet blackouts in Iraq (AFP / Zaid AL-OBEIDI / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a viral music video clip, the World War II-era Italian anti-fascist song has been tweaked to “Blaya Chara” — meaning “no way out” in Iraqi dialect.

It captures the fatalistic sentiment many young Iraqis hold towards their violence-torn homeland.

“I don’t have heating, not a cent to spend. Why would I even study if there’s no way out?” sings one gaunt performer,

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