Iraqis back on the streets to protest government policies
An Iraqi boy, whose face is made up with the national flag, flashes the sign of victory during a rally following the Friday's prayers to call for the government's fall. (AFP PHOTO/MARWAN IBRAHIM)
Sunni Muslims across Iraq took to the streets again on Friday to protest what they see as the Shia-led government's marginalization of them.
Ten of thousands rallied in Fallujah, Ramadi and the Sunni areas of Baghdad following Friday prayers in the afternoon.
The protests mark a continued trend by the minority community who claim that the government is using new anti-terror laws, instigated in December last year, to unfairly target them.
Iraq has faced increasing sectarian divides in recent months both across the Sunni/Shia lines and between the central Baghdad government and the Northern Kurdish regional authority.
In Ramadi, a city 110km West of the capital, protestors gathered outside the mosque, where cleric Saad al-Fayadh shouted: "Where is the partnership you are talking about? Sunnis are only seeing genocide and marginalization."