Supporters of prominent Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest against corruption outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Thousands of supporters of prominent Iraqi preacher Muqtada al-Sadr defied a government ban Friday to launch sit-ins at the main gates of Baghdad's Green Zone aimed at pushing for reforms.Many of the demonstrators carried Iraqi flags as they muscled past tight security and set up tents to begin what they said was an open-ended protest.Amid fears the standoff could escalate, Iraqi security forces have locked down Baghdad, the Arab world's second most populous capital with an estimated eight million residents.A group of demonstrators clipped the barbed wire on one of the bridges over the Tigris River to reach an entrance to the sprawling Green Zone but no violence ensued.In his statement, Sadr praised the behavior of the riot police and army forces deployed en masse to protect the Green Zone.
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