Empty streets in Baghdad on 4th anniversary of fall of capital
Dateline: Baghdad, 9 April 2007
Date: 04/09/2007 11:16 AM
1. Wide shot of empty street with barbed wire in foreground
2. Wide shot of al Fardous Square, where the statue of Saddam Hussein used to stand and was toppled during the fall of Baghdad
3. Close-up of mosque and statue
4. Various shots of empty streets
5. Iraqi soldiers at roadblock
6. Wide shot of roadblock
7. Various shots of closed shops
A 24-hour vehicle curfew was imposed in Baghdad on Monday, on the fourth anniversary of the fall of the capital to US forces.
Streets were largely empty of both people and cars, and most shops were closed up.
Only pedestrians were allowed on the streets.
The anniversary is officially a public holiday.
Similar bans have been imposed in the past to prevent vehicle bombings.
Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators marked the anniversary in the holy city of Najaf, 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of Baghdad.
The rally was called by powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to protest at the continuing occupation of Iraq by US-led forces.
Al-Sadr commands an enormous following among Iraq's majority Shiites and has close allies in the Shiite-dominated government.