Iraqi PM orders arrest of parliament protesters

    Iraqi PM orders arrest of parliament protesters

    May 1, Baghdad: Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi  has ordered the arrest of Shia Muslim activists who protested outside the parliament in Baghdad.

    Supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr broke through barricades of the fortified Green Zone in protest against the deadlock in approving a new cabinet, reports said.

    PM al-Abadi said that those who attacked police "and inflicted damage on public facilities" should be held.

    Security forces near the US embassy fired tear gas. Some protesters were seen striking MPs as they left or throwing objects at their cars.

    A state of emergency was declared in Baghdad after the protests.

    Protesters set up camp outside the parliament on Saturday night after occupying the chamber, and many were still there on Sunday.

    Sadr wants Abadi to commit to a plan to replace ministers with non-partisan technocrats.

    Powerful parties in parliament have refused to approve the change for several weeks.

    The Oslo Times


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