Protesters storm Green Zone, police announce curfew in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, May 20 (KUNA) — The Iraqi security services announced curfew in Baghdad as protesters stormed the heavily-fortified Green Zone and approached the parliament building again on Friday.
The policemen used tear gas to bar them but dozens of protesters were able to break into the office of the prime minister and government meeting hall and vandalizing the appliances and equipment there.
The protesters abstained from storming the parliament and attacking any civil servants as they did a few weeks ago, an Iraqi security source told KUNA, noting that 33 persons suffered suffocation and minor injuries during the chaos.
The situation prompted the Baghdad operations command to put its personnel on red alert and announce curfew across the capital city.
The security services blocked all roads leading to the Green Zone and tightened control over the entrances of Baghdad, according to the source.
In late April Iraq saw a grave political standoff when large numbers of demonstrators broke into the parliament in the area and staged a sit-in protest there. (end)

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