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Iraqis hold protest against US pact
Friday, November 21, 2008 : Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr protest in Baghdad as parliament debates security deal.
Thousands of followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Shia leader, have protested in central Baghdad against a security pact with the United States.
Demonstrators waved Iraqi flags and green Shia banners while chanting "No, no to the American agreement'' and "No, no to the agreement of humiliation" following Friday prayers.
Organisers placed an effigy of George Bush, the US president, holding a sign that said "the security agreement ... shame and humiliation" on a pedestal near a sculpture that replaced the Saddam statue.
Friday, November 21, 2008 : Thousands of Iraqis gathered at a central square in Baghdad Friday to demonstrate against a security agreement that would keep American forces in Iraq for another three years. The protesters are supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who opposes the accord. Iraqi lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the agreement Monday.