9 August 2022

Iraqi protesters storm parliament for second time in a week

Protesters have once again breached Iraq’s parliament in a show of support for influential Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, leaving at least 125 people injured and escalating a political standoff. Saturday’s demonstration comes days after protesters stormed the legislative body and suspended a session to nominate a new prime minister. Thousands of supporters rallied by al-Sadr and his Sadrist Movement tore down concrete barriers on Saturday and entered the Green Zone, which houses government departments and foreign missions, before breaking into parliament. The scenes followed similar protests on Wednesday, although this time at least 125 people – 100 civilians and 25 members of the security forces – were wounded, according to the Ministry of Health. Al-Sadr’s supporters threw stones and police fired tear gas and stun grenades. Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Baghdad. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #Iraq #IraqParliament #Alsadar
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