Supporters of influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr gathered in central Baghdad to protest against what they say is rampant corruption and to call for a cabinet reshuffle.
Demonstrators have been holding a sit in for weeks. They say divisions between lawmakers have brought the government to a standstill.
“All groups of Iraqis, Sunnis, Kurds and Shiites, are walking toward the Green Zone,” said protester Ali Abada. They [politicians] are all thieves. We must get rid of them.”
Gathered in front of the city’s heavily fortified Green Zone, supporters waved Iraqi flags and held posters with anti-corruption messages.
Iraq has been gripped by a major economic crisis and war against ISIL that’s choked domestic services, sparking further discontent.