• Iraqi protesters storm parliament in Baghdad, set up sit-in

    17 days ago - By Bésame

    BAGHDAD - Thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric stormed into Iraq's parliament on Saturday, for the second time this week, protesting government formation efforts led by his rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups.
    The alliance showed signs of internal division, with some calling for counter-protests - a development that would raise the specter of civil strife - while others later urged for dialogue.
    Iraqi security forces initially used tear gas and stun grenades to try to repel the demonstrators, who are followers of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Once inside, the protesters...
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  • More than 100 injured in Baghdad clashes as demonstrators storm Iraq's parliament

    17 days ago - By Bésame

    More than 100 people have been injured in clashes in Baghdad on Saturday after protesters rallying against the nomination of a new prime minister managed to breach the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone for the second time this week.
    Crowds of angry demonstrators loyal to the powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have broken into the secure area where government buildings are located despite security forces using tear gas and water cannons to disperse them.
    The protesters then stormed the parliament, according to Iraqi State News agency. Videos circulating on social media appeared to...
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