Hundreds of supporters of radical Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr entered the protected “green zone” where state institutions of Iraq, and broke into the Parliament building of the country, reports Reuters.
According to the Agency, the protesters gathered outside the “green zone” on the other Bank of the Tigris, and crossed the river by the bridge after it became known that the question of the reform of the government in Parliament will not be considered.
Eyewitnesses reported that the security personnel guarding the “green zone”, freely conceded people, waving Iraqi flags and began to search protesters.
The Kurdish TV channel Rudaw reports that stormed the Parliament protesters smashing the furniture and took several parliamentarians.
“We are tired of this Parliament and a failed government. We gave them time, but they don’t understand our situation and our problems,” said one of the protesters Rudaw. The other indignantly showed the camera of chocolates he found on the table of one of the deputies. According to him, the deputies eat chocolate, while ordinary people are starving.
“We warned them a thousand times,” said one of the invaders. Thousands of other protesters are currently located on the border of the green zone.
One of the deputies representing in the Parliament of Iraq’s Shiites, has announced that it is joining the protesters, calling them “defenders of the rights of the people.”
He Muqtada al-Sadr, speaking to his supporters in the Najaf, said today that he intends to act for the good of the nation and if the people want, it can form a new, purified from corruption by the government.
“All the Ministers have been replaced. I expect people will start a revolution against corruption. The government have two options – either reform, or we will destroy it,” said al-Sadr.
It was expected that today the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi will submit to Parliament for approval a new government to include five new Ministers, but at the last moment the vote was postponed.