Iraqis storm Parliament’s building at the Green Zone

Followers of Iraq's Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are seen in the parliament building as they storm Baghdad's Green Zone after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government, in Iraq April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
Followers of Iraq’s Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are seen in the parliament building as they storm Baghdad’s Green Zone after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government, in Iraq April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed Baghdad’s Green Zone, which is surrounded by heavy presence of security, on Saturday and entered the Parliament building with Iraqi flags in one hand and smartphones in another snapping photographs and using feet to break furniture in demand for an end to corruption.

This comes after a car bomb exploded early this morning killing more than 20 in Baghdad.

As the chaos unfolded in the afternoon, Baghdad Operations Command announced a state of emergency, deploying additional forces around the capital city. Checkpoints at city entrances were closed, even as the protests remained largely nonviolent.

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