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Iraq: Thousands of al-Sadr supporters flood Baghdad streets in segregated rallies

W/S Women at rally, Baghdad
W/S Women at rally holding picture of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani
M/S Women at rally
W/S Women at rally
W/S Women at rally
M/S Women at rally
W/S Women at rally
M/S Women at rally
M/S Women at rally
M/S Women at rally
W/S Women at rally
M/S Women at rally
W/S Women holding picture of Muqtada al-Sadr
W/S Women at rally
W/S Women holding picture of Muqtada al-Sadr
W/S Men at rally
W/S Men at rally
W/S Men at rally holding picture of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani
W/S Men praying
W/S Men praying
W/S Men praying
SCRIPT
Thousands of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters rallied against US military presence in Iraq at two central Baghdad intersections on Friday after al-Sadr ordered men and women to hold separate demonstrations.
Footage shows Men and women chanting anti-US slogans and waving Iraqi flags as they marched in two different locations.
Women have recently been the target of criticism for their role in the opposition movement.
Government-supporting al-Sadr attacked the activists on his Twitter page, slamming the protest movement as full of "nudity, promiscuity, drunkenness, immorality, debauchery ... and non-believers."
He called on protesters to observe the legal and social rules of the country, for protests to be segregated and to avoid free mixing between the two sexes in the sit-in tents.
His comments prompted nationwide protests on Thursday.
The unrest in Iraq began last October amid anger over corruption and economic inequality. Over 400 protesters have been killed and thousands more injured in clashes with security forces. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned from his post on December 1.