Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr expressed support for protesters who stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone on Friday and condemned security forces' use of force against them.
"I respect your choice and your peaceful spontaneous revolt," Sadr said in a statement. "Curse the government that kills its children in cold blood."
Iraq's military imposed a curfew on Baghdad "until further notice", state television said in a news flash, after security forces opened fire on protesters who had entered the heavily fortified Green Zone.
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