BAGHDAD — Fearing the waves of protesters to storm the government offices located in the Green Zone in Baghdad, the Iraqi authorities are expected to close the gates of the compound.
The followers of Sadrist Movement led by the Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are expected to stage a demonstration in front of the Green Zone. The demonstrations are said to be against the Iraqi government for failing to meet their previous demands for certain reforms in the government cabinet.
Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish MP to the Iraqi parliament told they have been informed officially that the gates of the Green Zone, the administrative part of Baghdad in which most of the administrative sites and embassies are located, will be closed in fear of the waves of protests.
In April, 2016, the protesters crossed into the Green Zone in Baghdad and entered the Iraqi parliament building where they caused damage to the building and attacked the MPs in the building. Fearing the protesters’ attack, the Kurdish MPs left for Erbil.
The Kurdish MPs voiced fear of a similar incident to reoccur during today’s protest.