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BREAKING: Protestors storm the Iraq Parliament in Baghdad

New Delhi: Protestors have stormed Iraq’s Parliament on Wednesday. Thousands of people have gathered in the premise of Baghdad’s Parliament. There were curses and sloganeering against anti-Iran.

Protestors are followers of a cleric

The people are protesting against the selection of a nominee who is backed by Tehran-backed political outfits. As per Al-Jazeera a lot of these protestors are followers of Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

Lawmakers were not present at the time of breach

At time of the when these protestors entered the building none of the lawmakers were present. As per Baghdad’s security protocol the Parliament is located in the high-security Green Zone.

The place houses many government buildings and diplomatic. However, security forces present inside the building appeared to allow the protestors to barge in with relative ease.

Protest to oppose pro Iran PM candidate

The protestors are opposing the candidature of Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. He is a ex-provincial governor and a former minister. He is the pro-Iran’s Coordination Framework’s choice for the post of Prime Minister.

PM orders to immediately withdraw

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have ordered the protestors to “immediately withdraw” from the Green Zone.

Visuals coming in

Videos have started emerging across the social media platforms.

Ashok Swain, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University wrote, “People are protesting inside Iraq’s parliament. In the so-called largest democracy, even MPs are not even allowed to protest!”

Another Twitter use by the name of @RISEMELBOURNE wrote that it is happening everywhere almost by design.
He wrote, “Baghdad Iraq Demonstrators have stormed the parliament buildings in protest against the nomination for Prime Minister by Iran-backed parties….It’s happening everywhere, almost by design….”

Another user @kingofSomaliaa wrote, possibly in context of Somlia, that Somalians need to learn from Iraq and Sri Lanka.

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