Followers of Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr hold a sit-in outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, March 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Sitting in the shade near the protest tents, Raad al-Haeri watched as convoys of armored SUVs ferried politicians and diplomats in and out of Baghdad's Green Zone. The 27-year-old scrapes together around $400 a month working odd jobs and has the spare time to join the thousands of supporters of preacher Moqtada al-Sadr in their protest against corruption. Sadr's followers set up protest camps Friday at several entrances to the restricted zone, which houses premier Haider al-Abadi's office, parliament and foreign embassies, including the huge U.S. mission.The protesters, all of them men, only stay three days in the camp and rotate with other volunteers from Sadr's Shiite strongholds in Baghdad and beyond.Many protesters are prepared to see Abadi as an exception in his party and think he is sincere about reform.
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