UN denounces violence during iraq protests

UN denounces violence during iraq protests

Agency News

United Nations, Oct 6: The special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has denounced the violence during ongoing protests that has killed nearly 100 and wounded thousands across the country.

Plasschaert also called for the prosecution of perpetrators of violence during five day protests in the country.

"Deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life. Five days of reported deaths and injuries: this must stop,' Plasschaert said in a tweet on Saturday.

'I call on all parties to pause and reflect. Those responsible for violence should be held to account. Let the spirit of unity prevail across Iraq," she added.

According to the Iraqi parliament's human rights commission, 99 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded since protests erupted on Tuesday in Baghdad before spreading to the south of the country.

On Saturday, massive protests demanding the government's resignation and improved standards of living, resumed in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq, despite calls by the authorities for negotiations and enforced curfews in certain areas.

The security forces used firearms to disperse the crowds. It was reported that at least five protesters died in the northeast of the capital, another one in the city of Al Diwaniyah. Several dozens were injured.

Baghdad and other Iraq’s regions have been facing protests since Tuesday. The protests have turned violent as the security forces used live ammunition, water cannons and tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

The protesters call for the government to be dismissed. Moreover, they demand jobs, economic reforms and fight against corruption. (UNI)