Thousands of Baghdad residents protest against endemic corruption, cutting through the barbed wire of the fortified Green Zone to stage what they vow will be a 10-day-long sit-in. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of Baghdad residents protesting corruption and graft march towards the fortified Green Zone. The Green Zone houses major government offices and foreign embassies. The protesters are supporters of Iraq's powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr. They have started a sit-in outside the Green Zone walls and vow stay for ten days. That's Sadr's deadline for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to replace his ministers with non-party technocrats to tackle political patronage. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic), MOHAMMED ZAIDAN, PROTESTER FROM BAYAA AREA, SAYING: "We are staying here and will not pull back, we will stay here, leaving our families and mothers, until the corrupters leave, are you listening to me?" The proteters say corruption is eating away at the central government's finances. Sadr is using his grassroots support to pressure the government and rejects calls to cancel the sit-in.