Baghdad imposes a curfew after Green Zone protesters clash with police, injuring dozens. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Authorities impose a curfew after protests in Iraq's heavily fortified Green Zone. Witnesses say dozens of people were injured from tear gas and live fire. The thousands took to the streets upset with the government's failure to approve anti-corruption reforms and to provide security. Supporters of powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and people from other groups pressed their case.. Iraq's political crisis broke out in February, when the Prime Minister announced plans to appoint a cabinet of independent technocrats. This threatened to uproot a system of political patronage that makes the public administration open to corruption. Now Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has warned that the impasse could hamper Iraq's fight against Islamic State, which continues to control territory in northern and western Iraq. State television said Baghdad Operations Command was imposing a curfew in the capital "until further notice."