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Demonstrators storm Baghdad's Green Zone

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Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament

Anti-government protesters on Saturday tore down walls and poured into Baghdad’s highly-fortified Green Zone, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.

Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr have been holding demonstrations and sit-ins for months to demand an overhaul of Iraq's corrupt and ineffective political system, but Saturday was the first time they broke into the Green Zone, home to most government ministries and foreign embassies.

Iraqi security forces fired tear gas at one entrance of the zone but appeared to be largely standing down as protesters marched through the area, chanting and waving Iraqi flags. Hundreds were still pouring into the Green Zone as night fell.

Clearly something very big is happening, but it is impossible to find accurate information.

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