Dozens of mainly Shi'ite demonstrators have been injured and security personal suffered stab wounds, according to the army.

Protesters overwhelm Iraqi forces and enter PM's office after storming Baghdad's Green Zone https://t.co/EDlAx6qbtGpic.twitter.com/3HC704r8vT

— AJE News (AJENews) May 20, 2016 The thousands involved in the uproar included supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr:\u201cWe are committed to the orders of Moqtada al-Sadr, it\u2019s 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.\u201d roared one protestor. Video: Dozens injured as security forces opened fire after protesters stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zonehttps://t.co/skTRIRVs7Q\u2014 China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 21, 2016 The Iraqi prime minister,Haider al-Abadi, condemned the attack and occupation of government facilities:\u201cWhat happened today the storming of government\u2019s facilities and tampering with public property, cannot be accepted the law must take its course with every transgressor.\u201d It is the second time the government compound has been besieged amid calls for an end to government corruption and security failures.", "dateCreated": "2016-05-21 07:35:58", "dateModified": "2016-05-21 07:35:58 +02:00", "datePublished": "2016-05-21 07:35:58 +02:00", "image": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/333319/1440x810_333319.jpg", "width": "1440px", "height": "810px", "caption": "Iraqi security forces have opened fire on protesters who stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.", "thumbnail": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/333319/385x202_333319.jpg", "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "euronews", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png" } }, "author": { "@type": "Person", "name": "Christopher Cummins", "url": "cummins", "sameAs": "https://twitter.com/euronews" }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Euronews", "legalName": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png", "width": "403px", "height": "60px" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] }, "video": { "@type": "VideoObject", "contentUrl": "https://video.euronews.com/mp4/med/EN/NW/SU/en/160521_NWSU_070A0-082808_E.mp4", "description": "Iraqi security forces have opened fire on protesters who stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.", "duration": "PT1M17S", "embedUrl": "https://www.euronews.com/embed/333319", "height": "202px", "name": "Thousands storm heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad", "thumbnailUrl": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/333319/385x202_333319.jpg", "uploadDate": "2016-05-21 07:35:58", "videoQuality": "md", "width": "385px", "inLanguage": { "name": "en-GB", "alternateName": "en", "description": "https://www.euronews.com", "identifier": "en", "url": "https://www.euronews.com", "inLanguage": "en-GB" }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Euronews", "legalName": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png", "width": "403px", "height": "60px" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] } }, "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "hasPart": { "@type": "WebPageElement", "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "cssSelector": ".poool-content" }, "speakable": { "@type": "SpeakableSpecification", "xPath": [ "/html/head/title", "/html/head/meta[@name='description']/@content" ], "url": "https://www.euronews.com/2016/05/21/thousands-storm-heavily-fortified-green-zone-in-baghdad" } }, { "@type": "WebSite", "name": "Euronews.com", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "potentialAction": { "@type": "SearchAction", "target": "https://www.euronews.com/search?query={search_term_string}", "query-input": "required name=search_term_string" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] } ] }

Thousands storm heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad

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Iraqi security forces have opened fire on protesters who stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

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Iraqi security forces have opened fire on protesters who stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

State of emergency declared in Baghdad, Iraq, after rioters storm offices of prime minister. https://t.co/0z4mG8YgsRpic.twitter.com/JurOvTvtQa

— ABC News (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 (AJENews) May 20, 2016

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. > Video: Dozens injured as security forces opened fire after protesters stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zonehttps://t.co/skTRIRVs7Q

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 21, 2016

The Iraqi prime minister,Haider al-Abadi, condemned the attack and occupation of government facilities:
“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.”
It is the second time the government compound has been besieged amid calls for an end to government corruption and security failures.

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