Anti-government protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone in Iraq May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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The latest breach of Baghdad's Green Zone by angry protesters may set the stage for further violence between demonstrators and security forces, as well as sharpening political divisions in Iraq.Supporters of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr broke into the Green Zone – a fortified Baghdad area that is home to Iraq's main government institutions as well as various embassies – and stormed the premier's office Friday.Security forces had largely stood by during previous demonstrations, including when Sadr supporters broke into the Green Zone and stormed parliament in April.The protests dwindled over the winter, but were revitalized after Sadr began calling for demonstrations earlier this year and demanding a technocratic government – a measure Abadi had already proposed.Parliament has still not convened since the first storming of the Green Zone, and actions by Sadr supporters have increased divisions between them and other political groups.
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