Protesters Storm Parliament Building in Baghdad's Green Zone

Supporters of Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr stormed the Parliament building in Baghdad’s Green Zone on July 27, according to local news reports, in protest at the nomination of a prime ministerial candidate seen by some as being pro-Iran.

Footage filmed by Twitter user Hamoudi Al-Iraqi shows an ice-cream vendor shouting out “Ice cream” while pushing his cart in the Green Zone as protesters carrying Iraqi flags walk by.

According to Al-Jazeera English, the protesters oppose the candidacy of Mohammed al-Sudani, a former minister and ex-provincial governor, who is nthe official nominee of the Co-ordination Framework bloc, a coalition led by Iran-backed Shia parties and their allies.

The current prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, called on the protesters to “immediately withdraw”, warning that the security forces would ensure “the protection of state institutions and foreign missions, and prevent any harm to security and order”.

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, tweeted in support of the protesters, “Your message has been heard … you have terrorised the corrupt." Al-Sadr also called on his supporters to return to their homes.

Iraq has struggled to form a new government since parliamentary elections in October 2021. Credit: @HamoudiIraqi90 via Storyful

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