Their leader mobilizes his followers in the Iraqi provinces… and the “framework” provokes counter-demonstrations
Amidst fears of a Shiite-Shiite clash, the confrontation between the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and the supporters of the “coordinating framework” forces moved to the street yesterday, after the first called for something like a “public mobilization”, in solidarity with his followers who had camped three days ago inside the parliament building in Baghdad, and the second’s call To counter-demonstrations “in defense of the state”.
Yesterday afternoon, mass demonstrations took place in most of the central and southern governorates of the country in support of the Sadrist movement’s followers and sympathizers from outside the current sit-in in the parliament building. On the other hand, hundreds of supporters and loyalists of the “coordinating framework” forces rejected the Sadrist movement.
Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, known as “Minister of al-Sadr”, called yesterday morning, “all provinces, except for Najaf, for demonstrations (raising the head) to support the (green) demonstrators in Baghdad.” Al-Iraqi returned later yesterday evening, and demanded that the demonstrators in the rest of the provinces remain in the squares until the sunset prayer and wait for instructions.
The “minister of al-Sadr” call came in response to the directives of the “Preparatory Committee to Support Legitimacy” of the Coordination Framework Forces to stage counter-demonstrations in the Jadriya area of Baghdad at the street leading to the suspension bridge crossing to the Green Zone. Despite the recommendations issued by the committee not to enter the Green Zone, limited clashes took place between the followers of the framework and the security forces that prevented them from entering the area. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stressing the protection of the constitution and the democratic process, in return for calls for radical change by the Sadrists. The followers of the “frame” set up protest tents in the area near the suspension bridge.