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Radical Iraqi cleric's supporters defy ban for Baghdad sit-in

Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave national flags during a demonstration in Baghdad, on March 18, 2016Thousands of supporters of prominent Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr defied a government ban Friday to launch sit-ins at the main gates of Baghdad’s Green Zone aimed at pushing for reforms. “The sit-ins have started in front of the Green Zone gates as a message to the corrupt people who live there,” Ibrahim al-Jaberi, a local official from Sadr’s movement, told AFP. The Najaf-based Sadr has called on his supporters to remain in front of the fortified “Green Zone” until his demands are met.

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