Several injured as Iraq police clash with protesters

Baghdad, Iraq: Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets Saturday on protesters who attempted to force a cordon and march on Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, witnesses and police said.

The demonstrators, who had gathered in their thousands in the heart of the capital, were mostly supporters of populist Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demanding electoral reform ahead of provincial elections due in September.

Agence France-Presse