Protesters supporting prominent Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and parliament building on Saturday, just as the health ministry announced that 60 protesters had been injured.
And the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported that the protesters were able to enter the parliament building in the fortified Green Zone, which also houses foreign embassies.
A security source told AFP that “the protesters stormed the Green Zone from the side of the Zaytoun Bridge”, while the official Iraqi news agency reported that the protesters entered parliament.
Departing from Tahrir Square, the protesters climbed the concrete barriers blocking the Jumhuriya Bridge and brought some of them down, according to an Al-Hurra Canal reporter.
In addition, the sadistic movement warned against attacking the demonstrators gathered in the center of the Iraqi capital, while the Yarmouk Hospital injured dozens of people.
The “Minister of the Leader of the Sadrist Movement”, Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, said on Saturday that “the political blocs tolerate any aggression against peaceful protesters”.
Al-Iraqi wrote on Twitter: “We hold the political blocs responsible for any attack on peaceful protesters. The security forces are carrying out reforms and reforms.”
On the other hand, Al-Hurra TV correspondent reported that Yarmouk Hospital received dozens of wounded from the protesters as a result of tear gas throwing by the security forces, in addition to the fall resulting from an attempt to climb the giant concrete barriers, before the Ministry of Health announced an official toll on the injured.
He said the number of injured is increasing after ambulances arrived to transport the injured to hospitals, pointing out that the injuries occurred within the walls of the Green Zone.
The new break-in comes three days after a similar storm by al-Sadr’s supporters to the parliament building in protest at the “constitutional framework” of appointing a new prime minister and electing a president.
Ten months after snap parliamentary elections in October 2021, Iraq is witnessing complete political paralysis as the country still lacks a new president and government.
Amid this political deadlock, influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is campaigning to pressure his political opponents, rejecting the name of their prime ministerial candidate.
On Saturday, most of the protesters raised Iraqi flags, while others carried pictures of Muqtada al-Sadr, chanting slogans in support of him.