Iraqi protesters storm Parliament again, 125 people injured

Iraqi protesters storm Parliament again, 125 people injured

Baghdad: Baghdad’s so-called Green Zone, a reinforced district hosting government buildings and foreign embassies, was stormed for the second time in less than a week on Saturday as people continue to protest the nomination of a pro-Iran candidate for prime minister by the largest bloc in parliament, Iraqi state media reported.
Demonstrators broke through concrete barriers into the Green Zone and assembled in the parliament for a sit-in, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered security forces to “protect” the protesters and official buildings but also gave them a green light to “take all legal measures to maintain order,” his office said in a statement, as quoted in the report.
“Further to the previous statement and until the preparation of this statement, the number of injuries received by the institutions of the Ministry of Health reached 125 wounded, including 100 civilians and 25 soldiers,” the health ministry said in a statement quoted by the INA.
Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are rallying against the candidate for prime minister nominated by the Coordination Framework, an alliance of the rest of Shiite forces in the Iraqi legislature supposedly backed by Iran.
Protesters were able to break into the Green Zone this past Wednesday and left only after asked to by al-Sadr, whose political bloc won the October legislative elections but diverted into opposition in May and stepped down in June after several failed attempts to form a government in a coalition with the Coordination Framework.
On Thursday, one of the Coordination Framework’s leaders, Amer al-Fayez, told Sputnik that the alliance would not withdraw Mohammed Al Sudani, a former minister and ex-provincial governor, from the nomination for prime minister.
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