Prominent Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani on Friday decried using violence against peaceful protests and expressed his rejection to foreign interventions in Iraq.

“No person, group or party with certain ideology, regional or international side has the right to confiscate the will of Iraqi people or impose an opinion on them,” al-Sistani stressed in a Friday sermon read by his representative Ahmed Al-Safi in Karbala.

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