Pictures of ruined white sofa in parliament spur Iraqi sarcasm

Iraq’s PM and parliament speaker looking unhappy when staring at a ruined sofa in parliament sparked sarcasm on social media

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Soon after frustrated protesters stormed the fortified Green Zone in Iraq’s capital Baghdad and the parliament itself, the country’s premier and parliament speaker published photos of the damage including a ruined elegant white sofa.

In the pictures, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and speaker Salim Al-Jubouri looked ruefully unhappy when staring at the blood-stained sofa.

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The image then sparked Iraqis to express their cynicism at their government’s performance as they started sharing pictures of themselves looking at their sofas at home.

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A hashtag translated from Arabic to English as “My sofa_My prestige” started trending both on Facebook and Twitter.

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Others photoshopped a picture of the Iraqi maestro, Karim Wasfi, sitting on his chair, playing his cello near the sofa. Wasfi became famous last year when he played his instrument at a bombsite in Mansour neighborhood in Baghdad.

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To observe the mishap, some Twitter users sent their condolences to the Iraqi people over the unfortunate incident of what they called “The White Sofa.”

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