Parliament Seized: Protesters Storm Baghdad Green Zone


Shia protesters unfurled banners after storming the Iraqi Parliament building. (photo: Reuters)
Shia protesters unfurled banners after storming the Iraqi Parliament building. (photo: Reuters)

 

Reuters | Reader Supported News | April 30, 2016

Supporters of a prominent Shi’ite cleric are demanding government reform.

undreds of supporters of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone and entered parliament on Saturday after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.

The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: “The cowards ran away!” in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.

There were no reports of clashes with security forces. But an army special forces unit was dispatched with armored vehicles to protect sensitive sites, two security officials said. No curfew has been imposed, they said.

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