Kurdistan President Condemns “Continued” Violence against Protesters in Iraq

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Thursday condemned the “continued” violence against the Iraqi anti-government protesters in capital Baghdad and other southern cities.

“We condemn the continued use of violence against demonstrators in Iraq,” Barzani said in a statement, arguing that peaceful demonstrations are a constitutional right for the people of Iraq.

He further pointed out that the killing of protesters and the use of force to disperse them are a “flagrant crime”.

The Kurdish president further called for an end to the violence against the demonstrators and reaffirmed his support for the “legitimate demands of the demonstrators for better public services, welfare, and a better life that the Iraqi people deserve.”

The statement came after the backers of Iraqi powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attacked the peaceful protesters in Najaf on Wednesday, where they killed eight people and left more than 100 others wounded. Source

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