Iraq’s Prime Minister has ordered the arrest of Shia Muslim activists who stormed parliament in Baghdad on Saturday.
People rallying behind cleric Moqtada Sadr carried out a big protest on Saturday. The supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr made their way through the barriers set at the fortified Green Zone and this was done as a means to retaliate against the approval of a new cabinet by the deadlock.
During the Iraq Protests, police were attacked by the demonstrators and they also caused immense damage on facilities meant for public utility.
Due to this situation, Mr. Haider al-Abadi who is the PM has called on the relevant peace reinforcement aouthorities to ensure those involved the destruction of public property are brought to book.
Mr. Haider al-Abadi has also called for the arrest of those who inflicted injuries and also attacked the police officers saying that they should be held and face the full brunt of the law.
A state of emergency has therefore been declared in Baghdad after the protest carried out by Cleric Moqtada Sadr supporters.
Reports have it that security personnel near the United States of America Embassy fired tear gas canisters to the protesters. This measure was taken as a results of increased furry by the demonstrators.
Some of Cleric Moqtada Sadr supporters who were participating in the protests were sported throwing objects at vehicles belonging to MPs. Some MPs were even struck by the protestors as they fled.
On Saturday night the group of people rallying behind cleric Moqtada Sadr set a camp outside the parliament buildings. This was done after they had managed to occupy the chambers.
The situation has however not become any better as the protesters have still pitched their tents outside the parliament buildings on Sunday.
Mr. Sadr is demanding that Mr. Abadi, the PM, to initiate a mechanism of ensuring that the current ministers serving in the cabinet are replaced. Mr. Sadr wants the replacements done by Mr. Abadi to be of people who are non-partisan technocrats.
For a couple of weeks now, a good number of parties with a lot of popularity and power have declined to make an approval for the changes to take place.
During the early parts of this week, hundreds of thousands of humanity marched towards the Green Zone. The Green Zone is among the most protected areas in Baghdad, this is because it is the area housing or rather hosting the Embassy buildings and also other buildings belonging to the government. The protest by the thousands of people was aimed at complaining against the political deadlock.
Mr. Fuad Masum, the President of Iraqi has called upon all the politicians to endorse the cabinet reshuffle.