Crowd Joins Funeral Procession for Those Killed in Protest Violence in Baghdad

Deadly protests erupted in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 29, after Shia cleric and political leader Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he was quitting politics.

At least 30 people were killed in clashes that continued into August 30, news outlets reported.

Footage filmed by Twitter user Murtaza Al-Khalidi shows mourners carrying a coffin as they chant during a funeral procession on Monday night.

The violence broke out on Monday in Baghdad’s government zone after al-Sadr announced his withdrawal from political life amid a protracted post-election deadlock. He repeated on August 30 that his decision was “final” and apologized to the Iraqi people.

“A revolution marred by violence and murder is not a revolution,” al-Sadr said, apologizing to the Iraqi people.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi commended the patriotism of al-Sadr’s call to stop violence, according to the Iraqi News Agency. Credit: Murtaza Al-Khalidi via Storyful

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