Emotions continue to run high after the execution of Saddam Hussein, with fears an illicit video of the event could drive the Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim communities further apart. In Sanaa in Yemen, supporters of the former Iraqi dictator organised a demonstration praising a man many see as a hero. “Saddam Hussein is a fighter, a martyr, He didn’t die, he’s in our hearts,” said one man taking part.
In November Saddam was convicted of crimes against humanity. Saddam’s grave in his home village north of Baghdad has been swamped with mourners. The Iraqi government had hoped his death would encourage reconciliation, but for the moment it is having the opposite effect. Authorities have promised an investigation into the mobile phone footage of Saddam being hanged in which officials can be heard taunting him just moments before he died.