Coordination Framework supporters protest to 'preserve constitution'
Supporters of the coordination framework in Iraq flock to the Green Zone entrance to participate in a demonstration that raised the slogan “supporting legitimacy.”
Supporters of the Coordination Framework in Iraq flocked to the Green Zone entrance to participate in a demonstration that raised the slogan "Supporting legitimacy and preserving the constitution."
According to Al Mayadeen's correspondent, "the Coordination Framework mobilized its supporters to head to the Green Zone entrance and gather in the two-story square in Baghdad."
Al Mayadeen correspondent pointed out that "the Coordination Framework's directives for the demonstrators are clear -- not to clash with anyone and not to enter the Green Zone," adding that "the goal of the demonstration is not to confront the Sadrist movement's audience, but rather to confirm the popular presence of the Framework."
مراسل #الميادين في #بغداد: "توجيهات واضحة لأنصار #الإطار_التنسيقي بعدم التصادم مع أحد وعدم الدخول للمنطقة الخضراء".#العراق pic.twitter.com/ODG4Tacws6— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) August 1, 2022
On its account, the Secretary-General of the "Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq" movement, Qais Khazali, addressed the demonstrators, saying, "Let your message be unified that you took to the streets for Iraq."
Meanwhile, the Head of the State of Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki called on the Coordination Framework and the Sadrist movement to a responsible stance that "absorbs the shock and initiates a serious dialogue," and urged the demonstrators to commit to peace and preserve public property.
Yesterday, Sunday, the Iraqi Coordination Framework called on the Iraqi people to demonstrate peacefully to "defend their state," adding that "it continues calling for dialogue with all political forces, especially the brothers in the Sadrist movement," adding, "We see a continuous escalation that has reached the point of calling for a coup against the people, the state, its institutions, and the political process."
In its statement, the Framework described the attempt of a coup as "a dangerous matter that brings back to memory the bloody coups that Iraq experienced throughout decades of dictatorship."
This comes after the leader of Iraq's Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on his supporters to demonstrate, saying in a statement, "O Iraqi people... you are all at stake," and called the people to demand reform in the country.
A few days ago, the Secretariat of the Coordination Framework in Iraq announced the nomination of Mohammad Al-Shia Al-Sudani to take over the prime ministership.
On Wednesday, thousands of Sadrist supporters stormed the parliament inside the Green Zone, denouncing the candidacy of the 52-year-old former minister and governor.
Consequently, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi announced the suspension of parliament sessions until further notice.