Iraq: Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the Green Zone of Baghdad

Supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest against corruption, in Baghdad, Iraq July 30, 2022. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

ISLAMABAD, July 30 (Alliance News): Thousands of supporters of popular religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, for the second time in a week, fueling political tensions that have increasingly affected ordinary Iraqis.

According to the foreign media, the protesters of the rally called by Muqtada al-Sadr and his socio-political movement Sadarist broke the concrete barriers and entered the green zone.

The Green Zone houses government buildings and foreign missions and leads to the Iraqi parliament.

Security and medical officials said there were similar scenes on Wednesday, but both protesters and police officers were injured at the rally as supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr threw stones while police used tear gas and stun grenades.

Moqtada al-Sadr’s party came first in October’s general election, but withdrew the elected members of parliament after failing to form a government, leaving his rivals and most groups in Iran. was supported by

He said that if Parliament tried to approve a government they did not like, they would incite public unrest, adding that the government should be free from foreign influence and corruption, which Iraq has been suffering from this situation for decades.

The Sadrist Movement lashed out at opposition parties trying to form a government, with Iraq without a president and prime minister for a record period due to deadlock.

Muqtada al-Sadr wields great state power as his movement still runs the country, with loyalists holding important positions in ministries and state institutions.

Iraqi citizens neither support Muqtada al-Sadr nor his opponents, saying they are caught in the middle of the country’s ongoing political conflict.

Iraq is rich in oil wealth, despite getting good income from oil, the country has no budget, electricity load-shedding, water shortage, substandard education and public health situation in Iraq are bad, as well as lack of jobs for the youth. Opportunities are also limited.


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