Iraqi protesters also get into the President’s swimming pool

Footage of Iraqis enjoying the presidential palace’s swimming pool has been circulating on social media.

Foreign media reports that protesters have seized power in a number of government buildings.

 The Iraqi government responded by imposing a curfew from last night.

The unrest has escalated after Iraq’s Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics.

According to foreign media reports, the American embassy officials in Baghdad have also been evacuated by helicopter with the current situation.