Iraqi protesters breach heavily fortified Green Zone, storm parliament

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Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm parliament in Baghdad's Green Zone on April 30, 2016. Thousands of protesters carrying Iraqi flags and chanting anti-government slogans broke into Baghdad's Green Zone and stormed the parliament building. (Photo by Haydar Hadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister says the situation is under control after thousands of anti-government protesters poured into Baghdad’s Green Zone and stormedĀ parliament.

Haider al-Abadi issued a statement saying “the situation in Baghdad is under the control of the security forces.” He called on protesters to demonstrate peacefully without damaging the “property of state institutions.”

Al-Abadi had been set to appear before parliament earlier Saturday to seek approval for the remainder of his Cabinet reshuffle, but the session was postponed until next week.

The news of the postponement broke just moments before protesters began to storm the Green Zone. The last time al-Abadi appeared before parliament, earlier this month, lawmakers hurled insults and called his leadership illegitimate.