Baghdad: Massive demonstrations demand ending US military presence in Iraq

Baghdad (ST): Massive demonstrations were staged in Baghdad today protesting against the existence of US troops in Iraq and demanding their withdrawal from the Iraqi soil.

The Iraqi news agency said that thousands of people took to the streets in the center of Baghdad raising national flags and shouting slogans that denounce the American presence on Iraqi territories.

 Meanwhile, security forces took tight measures and blocked some roads as the massive demonstrations started.

A number of parliamentary and political blocks considered the demonstrations as a referendum to evacuate the US forces from Iraq.

Earlier, the Iraqi House of representatives had voted with absolute majority to end the American military presence in Iraq following the American criminal acts against Iraqi positions and military leaders.