Fear inside Baghdad streets spark following Sadr’s urgent call for Friday’s mass praying

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a sermon to worshippers during Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan at the Kufa mosque near Najaf, Iraq June 5, 2019. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Fear sparked in Baghdad’s streets over the eruption of protest following Shiite Cleric Muqadata al-Sadr’s call for mass prayer on Friday as he said, “it will be louder than ever”.

In a statement released on Sadr’s Twitter account said, “Friday’s praying will be louder than ever”, and called upon all of his followers to participate.

Thousands of vehicles carrying the cleric followers conveyed to Baghdad in order to attend Sadr’s mass prayer which marks his first movement since the withdrawal from the Iraqi political process, source in Baghdad reported.

According to Iraqi media, “The security forces have launched its measures in eastern Baghdad, intelligence teams have deployed as well to prevent any emergency incident”.

Muqtada al-Sadr the leader of the Sadrist movement, has formally withdrawn from the formation of the new Iraqi government that has been postponed since the country’s latest parliamentary election in October 2021.

In the last early election the party declared its major winning by gaining 73 seats, however amidst June, he left the seats vacant following urgent withdrawal.

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