Police turn violent after Iraq's Sunnis take to the streets once again
Sunni protestors in Iraq once more took to the streets of Ramadi, Samara and the capital following Friday prayers in a spate of anti-sectarian demonstrations, Al Jazeera reported.
Police responded to the peaceful rallies with water cannons and by beating protestors with batons, according to the news agency. In Baghdad, worshippers trying to reach the Sunni mosque were stopped in their tracks.
"We were showered with water and the policemen started to beat us,'' Abdul-Rahman al-Azzawi told Al Jazeera, adding, "I do not know the reason behind this savage attack. We were only going to a mosque, not to al-Maliki's office in the Green Zone.''