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Thousands of Iraqi protesters stormed Parliament. Here’s why.

The Iraqi people are fed up with their government. Thousands of protesters invaded the Iraqi Parliament in outrage over government corruption and its failure to help the starving people of the country.

Before entering Parliament, the protesters broke into the "Green Zone," a heavily fortified area of Baghdad where government buildings and the elites of the country reside. The protests put the city of Baghdad in a state of emergency.

Many of the protesters were followers of the influential Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, and actually support Iraq's current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Some suspect Abadi reduced security to allow the protesters to easily enter the "Green Zone."

One Iraqi expressed his frustration to local news.

“People have nothing to eat. The lawmakers are sitting here eating chocolates and mocking our pain.”

The protesters camped out in Celebration Square for the night, a place where former dictator Saddam Hussein was known for parading in.

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Thousands of Iraqi protesters stormed Parliament. Here’s why.

Dieter Holger

Dieter is an associate editor at Kicker who loves discussing dolphins and politics. On top of Kicker, he's a HuffPost campus editor. He has a bachelor's of philosophy from UC Santa Cruz and is studying for a masters of computational journalism at Cardiff University. Follow him on Twitter @dieterholger.

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