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Thousands storm heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Thousands storm heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad

<p>Iraqi security forces have opened fire on protesters who stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">State of emergency declared in Baghdad, Iraq, after rioters storm offices of prime minister. <a href="https://t.co/0z4mG8YgsR">https://t.co/0z4mG8YgsR</a> <a href="https://t.co/JurOvTvtQa">pic.twitter.com/JurOvTvtQa</a></p>— <span class="caps">ABC</span> News (<code>ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/733855821629521922">May 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> Dozens of mainly Shi'ite demonstrators have been injured and security personal suffered stab wounds, according to the army. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Protesters overwhelm Iraqi forces and enter PM&#39;s office after storming Baghdad&#39;s Green Zone <a href="https://t.co/EDlAx6qbtG">https://t.co/EDlAx6qbtG</a> <a href="https://t.co/3HC704r8vT">pic.twitter.com/3HC704r8vT</a></p>&mdash; AJE News (</code>AJENews) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJENews/status/733692912530292737">May 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b><br /> The thousands involved in the uproar included supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr:“We are committed to the orders of Moqtada al-Sadr, it’s a peaceful protest. It has become clear now who is behind the bombings in Sadr city, Kadhimiya and Adil neighbourhoods. Today, the Iraqi government has proved that it is a leader of terrorism.” roared one protestor. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video: Dozens injured as security forces opened fire after protesters stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone<a href="https://t.co/skTRIRVs7Q">https://t.co/skTRIRVs7Q</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/733814888942829568">May 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b><br /> The Iraqi prime minister,Haider al-Abadi, condemned the attack and occupation of government facilities:<br /> “What happened today the storming of government’s facilities and tampering with public property, cannot be accepted the law must take its course with every transgressor.” <b></b><br /> It is the second time the government compound has been besieged amid calls for an end to government corruption and security failures.</p>