Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The refugees of Manus Island

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he hasn't been called upon to be part of the new government

Read more

THE DEBATE

Palestinian Reconciliation: Will Fatah, Hamas agreement succeed?

Read more

FOCUS

Could Pakistan be your next holiday destination?

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Defeated presidential candidate Fillon bids farewell to French politics

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Charles Manson: Murderer and cult leader dies after 47 years in prison

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Bricks vs. clicks: Will e-commerce finish off the high street shop?

Read more

ENCORE!

Eastwood & Gainsbourg: Can the children of geniuses step out from their famous shadows?

Read more

Middle East

Iraq forces kill protesters at rally in central Baghdad

© Ahmad al-Rubaye, AFP | Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr flee the smoke grenades fired by security forces during clashes near Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" on May 20, 2016

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-05-21

Iraqi forces killed at least two people while trying to disperse protesters who broke into the fortified Green Zone area in central Baghdad, officials said Saturday.

Security and medical officials also said at least 57 people were wounded in Friday's unrest, in which forces used tear gas, water cannons and sound bombs against protesters, some of whom threw rocks and other debris.

Security forces also fired live rounds during the demonstration, mostly into the air, but officials said at least two protesters had died of bullet wounds.

Protesters faced tough resistance from security forces on Friday, before some demonstrators managed to force a gate into the Green Zone, where Iraq's main government institutions are located, and stormed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office.

It was the second time in two weeks that protesters were able to breach the Green Zone.

Last month, demonstrators faced little resistance when they entered the Green Zone and stormed parliament. They withdrew from the area the following day.

Abadi reacted to the latest breach by saying that "storming state institutions... cannot be accepted," but added that he supports the "demands of the peaceful protesters".

Followers of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have been protesting for weeks demanding reforms and a new government, and had warned they would again break into the Green Zone if progress was not made.

Sadr vowed Friday that "peaceful protests" would continue, warning that "the revolution will take another form" if there are attempts to block them.

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-05-21

  • IRAQ

    Iraqi forces open fire as protesters storm Baghdad’s Green Zone

    Read more

  • IRAQ

    Dozens killed in wave of attacks in Baghdad Shiite neighbourhoods

    Read more

  • IRAQ

    IS group claims triple car bombings that left scores dead in Baghdad

    Read more

COMMENT(S)