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Iraq: Thousands of top Shia cleric's supporters march in Baghdad01:25

Iraq: Thousands of top Shia cleric's supporters march in Baghdad

Iraq, Baghdad
December 5, 2019 at 19:07 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of supporters of Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani marched to Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Thursday, amid reports of 15 people being stabbed.

"We are the sons of a religious authority. We are soldiers of the religious clergy [Ayatollah Sistani]. The religious clergy represents Imam al-Mahdi and we strongly condemn all the criminal acts carried out by groups of saboteurs," said one protester.

Al-Sistani has previously urged government forces to stop killing demonstrators, and called on the latter to reject violence in the anti-government protests that have been taking place in Iraq since October 1.

Over 400 people were killed and tens of thousands injured in the crackdown on anti-government protests across Iraq in the last two months.

On Sunday, parliament approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi who was forced to step down under pressure from demonstrators.

Iraq: Thousands of top Shia cleric's supporters march in Baghdad01:25
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Thousands of supporters of Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani marched to Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Thursday, amid reports of 15 people being stabbed.

"We are the sons of a religious authority. We are soldiers of the religious clergy [Ayatollah Sistani]. The religious clergy represents Imam al-Mahdi and we strongly condemn all the criminal acts carried out by groups of saboteurs," said one protester.

Al-Sistani has previously urged government forces to stop killing demonstrators, and called on the latter to reject violence in the anti-government protests that have been taking place in Iraq since October 1.

Over 400 people were killed and tens of thousands injured in the crackdown on anti-government protests across Iraq in the last two months.

On Sunday, parliament approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi who was forced to step down under pressure from demonstrators.

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