This particular protest occurred earlier this year.
Cultural tensions and differences in social norms are a constant source of difficulty in Iraq. One of the major issues concerns treatment of woman in Iraqi society.
Raids and searches of Iraqi homes, particularly when women, but no men, are present are contentious. There have been a variety of rumors and accusations of rape levelled at US troops. The United States has detained wives or daughters when their husbands or fathers were wanted by the Coalition, and suspected of working with the insurgency. In a 2006 article, Nancy Youssef wrote that this practice has been noted as early as 2004.
Eventually such a cultural clash was bound to erupt. There have been innumerable demonstrations in Iraq, particularly in metropolitan centers such as Baghdad.
The demonstrators are angry, and have a lot of controversial things to say, but they feel their anger is warranted, and that arresting women is unacceptable, even an affront to their culture.
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