Attack on protesters in Iraq's parliament building

Attack on protesters in Iraq's parliament building

Attack on protesters in Iraq’s parliament building

Hundreds of protesters stormed Iraq’s parliament. Most of the attackers were followers of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

A protester is seen lying on the desk of the Speaker of Parliament.

This attack happened on Wednesday (July 27) in the parliament building located in the green zone of the country’s capital, Baghdad.

No lawmakers were present when protesters entered the parliament building on Wednesday, Al Jazeera reported.

The policemen in charge of the security of the Parliament building fired tear gas at the protesters but it did not work.

Meanwhile, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Qadimi called on protesters to leave the parliament building and the Green Zone as soon as possible in a statement.

Attack on protesters in Iraq's parliament building

Note that the parliamentary elections were held in Iraq in October 2021. Out of 329 seats, Muqtada Al Sadr’s coalition won 73 seats.

But since the polls, talks to form a new government have stalled in the country.

2019 saw widespread protests in Iraq as the government failed to tackle corruption and unemployment.

According to Human Rights Watch, hundreds of people were killed by security forces during that time.