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Baghdad building now a landmark in anti-government protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — The protesters stand by the thousands on the abandoned building s open floors, waving Iraqi flags and cheering. Some sit on the edge, feet dangling in the air from high floors as they sway to blasting music. They have a bird s-eye view of Baghdad — and the tens of thousands of demonstrators below. At night, they wave the lights on their mobile phones at comrades on the ground. Then they move inside the building, dine together, play dominoes and sing patriotic songs until the early hours of the morning. They also are able to watch the security forces battling the protesters. The 14-story, Saddam Hussein-era building on the Tigris River has emerged as a landmark in the...

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