Iraq Shia Muslim protesters camp ouside parliament in Bagdad
May 1, Baghdad: Supporters of a powerful Shia Muslim cleric have set up camp outside parliament in Baghdad, after thousands stormed the Green Zone secure area, reports said.
For the first time in weeks of protests they broke into the area, home to embassies and government buildings. Security forces used tear gas and fired shots but there was no major violence.
Members of the Sadrist militia group Saraya al-Salam were keeping order in the area, news agencies said.
A state of emergency has been declared. Demonstrators are angry at delays in approving a new, more transparent government of technocrats.
Supporters of Moqtada Sadr think it would be less corrupt than the current team, which is based on party and religious loyalties, BBC news reported.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called on them to return to designated protest areas.
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