published: 2019-05-22 13:10:10
(17 May 2019) Hundreds of supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated after Friday prayers in Baghdad’s eastern neighbourhood of Sadr City.
They expressed support for the populist cleric who was leading an anti-corruption campaign within his group and in the country.
The protest in Baghdad came a day after al-Sadr’s campaign led to clashes in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, leaving four people dead and 17 wounded.
Al-Sadr was rallying at the Bashir mall against his former aide, Kazim al-Issawi.
A fire broke out after the mall guards opened fire at the populist Shiite cleric’s supporters.
Al-Sadr had earlier condemned corruption in the country and fired al-Issawi.
His political office says the demonstrators were protesting against corrupt officials.
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