Bindra: Dancing in the streets of Baghdad
CNN correspondent Satinder Bindra
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Word of the capture of toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein triggered immediate street celebrations in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday -- people throwing candy and firing guns in the air.
CNN correspondent Satinder Bindra ventured out among the celebrating Iraqis and filed the following report.
BINDRA: I was standing in the street just in front of a television set here when the news came through, and about 200 people were gathered around it -- getting their first glimpse of Saddam as a U.S. captive. As soon as they saw his picture, people started celebrating, they started dancing, they started yelling.
Many people started calling Saddam "the devil" They said he "went like a woman." They said they didn't expect him to go without any resistance. They said if he had to go without a fight he should have surrendered to American forces many, many months ago.
There's a lot of noise on the street, a lot of cars blaring their horns. I am wearing a helmet because hundreds of people here are firing AK-47 rifles into the air. This is a typical Iraqi way of celebrating and even though there are feelings of great joy here, I must stress it's a bit dangerous because there are a lot of bullets flying into the air.
I also talked with some Iraqis about what Saddam's capture means for the ongoing insurgency. One Iraqi summed his views up this way: He said, "Game over."
Other Iraqis -- although perhaps it is too early to give a defining work on it -- are suggesting that the ongoing insurgency against the Americans will be very weakened. All Iraqis on the street consider this to be a defining and historic moment in Iraqi history.
There is definitely a sense on the street that Iraq will be a different place starting now. People are telling me here on the streets that a "new Iraq" is being built even as we speak. One of the biggest fears among Iraqis has been that there is no security. Now there is a sense on the street that things are turning around for the better. There is a sense and a feeling here that they will have a better life now.
Iraqis celebrate Sunday in Baghdad.
I have noticed during the past two hours that more and more people are coming out into the streets. Let me describe a typical street scene here in Baghdad at the moment. People are distributing candy even as I stand here talking to you, people are stopping by and shoving candy into my hands. Some people are throwing candy up toward the sky. This is, again, a typical Iraqi way of celebrating. People are stopping traffic, stopping buses and putting candy into passengers' hands.
I saw a group of about 25 or 30 people carrying a huge banner that read 'Congratulations to all Iraqis." At least in this district where I am, there is a great sense of joy, of celebration.