The US State Department said today that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the deadly violent clashes in Iraq’s protests and called on the Iraqi government to “express the utmost restraint.”
Agence France-Presse reported that the US State Department said in a statement that Pompeo called Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi “to condemn the recent violent conflict in Iraq and pointed out that the responsibility of those who violate human rights should be pursued.”
The US State Department said: “Iraq has lost many lives in the past few days. The Secretary of State is saddened by this tragedy and urges the Iraqi government to exercise maximum restraint.”
He said: “Ponpeo reiterated that peaceful public demonstrations are the basic elements of all democratic countries, emphasizing that demonstrations do not allow space for violent conflicts, whether initiated by security forces or protesters.”
Pompeo urged Marty to “take immediate measures to resolve the dissatisfaction of the protesters, implement reforms and fight corruption.”
The Iraqi people took to the streets to demonstrate, initially demanding the end of corruption and long-term unemployment, and later escalated to call for a thorough reform of the political system.
These demonstrations have never been seen before, because in a highly politicized society in Iraq, these protests were apparently spontaneous and independent, killing more than 100 people and injuring 6,000 people in a week.