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Iraq, tired of waiting

April 9 2005

Thousands of supporters of Shiite leader Muhtady al-Sadr took to the streets of Baghdad to show their protest against the prolonged U.S. presence in Iraq and the postponement of the trial of Saddam Husceyna .

The peaceful demonstration, which began in a poor neighborhood of Sadr City, home to Shiites, will be held at the central square of Baghdad FIRDOS. Two years ago, installed it Husceyna statue was demolished.

Numerous supporters of the radical mullah al-Sadr rallied across the country. They mostly come from the southern Shiite cities of Basra, Amara and Nassiriyah. Above the crowd, waving national flags and carried the slogans: "No to America! No Saddam! Yes to Islam! "As expected, the Sunnis, as opposed to the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq, will join the protesters. Thus, according to some estimates, the area can gather up to one million Iraqis. This is the most large-scale demonstration since Jan. 30, when the country held parliamentary elections .

Iraqi security forces launched a series of additional measures to maintain law and order and, in particular, blocked the central areas of Baghdad in anticipation of demonstrations. However, reportedly, no excesses are not expected. "The demonstration is in support of what the Iraqi people want and the government of Iraq - said the representative of the Ministry of Interior. - However, we are taking precautions as we did in the past few months. "

U.S. military was not noticeable on the streets, but if necessary, Iraqi security forces are ready to resort to their help.

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