Iraqi protesters’ ire at Iran extends to goods boycott

Anger over Iran’s stranglehold on Baghdad’s political system has helped propel an unprecedented protest movement — and now Iraqi activists are hitting the Islamic Republic where it hurts, with a goods boycott. Tehran has held enormous sway over its neighbour since dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled by a US-led invasion in 2003. Using the slogan “let them rot”, protesters who have taken to the streets since October 1 to demand wholesale political change are now shunning everything Iranian — from fruit to sugary drinks.