Iraqi Lawmakers Walk Out to Protest 'Humiliating' Green Zone Treatment

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Ann M. Simmons Los Angeles Times

Dozens of Iraqi lawmakers walked out of parliament Wednesday to protest what they view as overly aggressive and humiliating treatment by U.S. soldiers as representatives enter Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where the legislature is located.

"I and many of my colleagues who live outside the Green Zone face a lot of problems," said Feryad Rawandozi, a high-ranking official with the Kurdish parliamentary bloc. U.S. soldiers "are very arrogant and impolite when they talk to us, especially with those who don't speak English."

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