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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
Baghdad is under a state of emergency: Protesters occupy parts of the once-secure International Zone. Lawmakers have fled the area. The Iraqi military is on high alert. VOA's Sharon Behn is covering the story.
"Most of the lawmakers were forced to flee yesterday when the followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr swarmed into the Green Zone and actually took over part of it, stormed into the parliament , forced the lawmakers to flee--some were kind of 'roughed up.' That building has been ransacked, so as of right now, there's no real standing parliament."
By Sunday evening, the protesters temporarily ended their demonstration.
on high alert：高度戒备