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British, French, German ambassadors urge Iraqi PM to investigate killing of protesters

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Iraqi demonstrators are seen as they clash with Iraqi security forces during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
2019-12-08

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SULAIMANI — The ambassadors of Britain, France, and Germany have urged caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to investigate the killings of protesters in Iraq since October 1.

The diplomatic missions released a joint statement on Sunday (December 8) saying that the ambassadors had met with Abdul Mahdi to condemn the killing of protesters, including 25 in Baghdad on Friday.

They urged the caretaker prime minister to ensure the protection of the protesters during the demonstrations, according to the statement, and also urged Abdul Mahdi to “urgently investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the killings.”

“No armed group should be able to operate outside the control of the state.”

The three ambassadors also “encouraged the government to ensure that its recent decision to order the Popular Mobilization Forces to stay away from protest locations, and to hold accountable those who violate this order, will be implemented,” it said.

On Saturday, diplomatic missions in Iraq also resoundingly expressed their horror at a deadly attack on unarmed protesters near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square that killed 25 people and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Iraqis took to the streets at the beginning of October to protest of corruption, lack of services, and unemployment, but since then the unrest has become a more general uprising seeking the ouster of the Iraq's political establishment.

More than 400 people have been killed in Baghdad and provinces in the south. Thousands have been injured in the unrest as the government and so-called “third party groups” have used live ammunition, snipers, and tear gas in an attempt put down the protests.

(NRT Digital Media)