Supporters of cleric Sadr storm Baghdad’s gov’t zone again

BAGHDAD — Thousands of supporters of Shi’ite populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad’s fortified government zone and broke into parliament on Saturday for the second time in a week, leaving at least 125 people injured and escalating a political stand-off.

Protesters rallied by Sadr and his Sadrist Movement tore down concrete barriers and entered the Green Zone, which houses government departments and foreign missions, before breaking into parliament.

« We are calling for a government free from corruption … and those are the demands of the people, » one protester, Abu Foad, said among crowds of protesters carrying placards with Sadr’s photograph and national flags.

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