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Iraq

Protesters ignore Abadi's plea to stay home and gather in Baghdad's Tahrir Square

By Rudaw 27/5/2016
Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr gather in Tahrir Square. Photo: Rudaw
Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr gather in Tahrir Square. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gathered in Baghdad's Tahrir Square once again on Friday asking for political reforms, Rudaw's correspondent reported.
 
According to Rudaw's Bahman Hassan, protesters are repeating their demands regarding political reforms in the Iraqi government.
 
Rudaw's correspondent reported clashes between protesters and security forces as security forces prevented protesters from entering Baghdad's restricted security area, the Green Zone, where the Iraqi Parliament and Iraqi Cabinet of Ministers as well as UN and foreign embassies are located.
 
Protesters have twice breached the Green Zone and briefly taken over parliamentary buildings. Last Friday, three protesters and one journalist were killed, and at least 570 people were treated at Baghdad hospitals when security forces opened fire on the protesters.
 
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had yesterday asked protesters to stay home and not stage their weekly Friday demonstrations in order to allow security forces to focus on the battle for Fallujah, which was launched on Monday.

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Ramyar | 27/5/2016
No one takes abadi seriously. He's a joke, just like iraq is.
dukan | 27/5/2016
Well they know Abadi is lying through his teeth when he promises reforms. Abadi has not kept a single promise since he was chosen as PM, he's a light weight politician with no backing and no brains.
sitting duck | 27/5/2016
In his defense everyone ignores Abadi , https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sD18a0XRn-g
JamKurd | 27/5/2016
People are dying defending these lazy bums. If they really like that flag, they should have instead volunteered to defend it in Fallujah.
@JamKurd | 28/5/2016
WHAT the F are you talking about!? who's "dying" for them? have you been to Iraq? who should they fight for? those thieves in office who don't have an ounce conscious? millions died for Saddam's Iraq, what did it get them? and now you want them to die for corrupt sectarian thieves who've done nothing but cause civil war and filled their pockets for 13 years while the people are starving!? while the people don't even have basic services like RUNNING WATER! electricity! Who will take care of their children if they die for bastards called Abadi or Malaki or Sadr? the "state"? you?. There are only three type of people "fighting" 1.desperate poor people who have absolutely no choice join the "Iraqi" army 2. Criminals rapists and murderers who see the opportunity to loot and kill join certain militias 3. Religious fanatics who want to see Imam Ali come back and "save" the world from the infidels!
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