Protests called by cleric turn deadly

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Two rock­ets landed in Bagh­dad’s highly for­ti­fied Green Zone on Satur­day night fol­low­ing clashes at antigov­ern­ment protests that left five dead, ac­cord­ing to Iraqi se­cu­rity and hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials.

The rocket at­tack left no ca­su­al­ties, be­cause the mu­ni­tions landed on the pa­rade grounds in the cen­ter of the com­pound that is home to Iraq’s gov­ern­ment and most for­eign em­bassies. It was not im­me­di­ately clear who fired the pro­jec­tiles.

Satur­day’s protests — called by in­flu­en­tial cleric Mo­q­tada alSadr — and clashes that erupted as crowds pushed to­ward the Green Zone left two po­lice of­fi­cers and three pro­test­ers dead, po­lice and hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials said.

The demon­stra­tors de­manded an over­haul of the com­mis­sion over­see­ing lo­cal elec­tions sched­uled this year. Sadr has ac­cused the com­mis­sion of be­ing rid­dled with cor­rup­tion.

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