Security Forces Open Fire on Green Zone Protesters
Protesters once again broke into the Green Zone in Baghdad Friday morning, but it turned ugly fast. Security forces opened fire with live rounds and tear gas on the crowd. Three people were killed, and at least 30 wounded.
Tear Gas and Live Bullets
The protesters were trying to reach the Iraqi government’s cabinet, but were stopped. Iraq has seen numerous protests recently – the first one on April 30 literally shut down the government after protesters broke into the Green Zone and occupied the parliament building.
Security forces fired tear gas and live bullets on Friday at protesters who stormed into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, according to a Reuters witness and live video.
Witnesses said dozens of people were injured. The protesters included supporters of powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and people from other groups who are displeased with the government’s failure to approve anti-corruption reforms and provide security.
The Reuters witness said the protesters had tried to reach the cabinet building but were stopped at the gate. They chanted: “Oh army, the country is hurt! Don’t side with the corrupt!”
The fight against ISIS
Will Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survive these upheavals? Or will those who have their own interests manage to unseat him and drive the country into total chaos? The PM has warned protesters that their actions distract the government from the fight against ISIS. That’s probably an understatement.
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Protests swell, demonstrators march on Baghdad’s Green Zone, multiple reports say. https://t.co/cXHLVrk1jm
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