Al Kazemi Calls For Releasing Detained Protesters And Protecting Protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kazemi today called for the release of detainees not involved in blood crimes in protests that have been going on since October and to protect protesters after months of repression in which more than half a thousand have taken place. dead.

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Al Kazemi indicated in a statement to the press that in a meeting with the Ministerial Council for National Security, “the release of all those detained by the protests in coordination with the justice system was requested, except for those involved in acts of blood.”

In this regard, he noted that the Supreme Judicial Council has been requested to cooperate in the release of protesters who committed minor crimes.

He also instructed that a committee be set up to investigate the incidents that have occurred since October 1, the start date of the protests, to seek “justice and equity” and to find those responsible for the bloodshed.

Furthermore, in a report released by his press office, Al Kazemi ordered “protect peaceful protesters and avoid violence of any kind” and the

The decision comes after Al Kazemi, a former head of Iraqi Intelligence, was ratified early Thursday as the country’s new prime minister after five months of Adel Abdelmahdi interim.

The former prime minister resigned on November 29 amid a pickup in violence and deaths in the protests.

According to data from the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, at least 544 people have died and more than 27,000 have been injured since the start of the protests, mostly due to the repression of the security forces.

Members of the militias operating in the country linked to the country’s power groups were also involved in these episodes of violence.

The previous government has already formed a committee to investigate the acts of violence in the protests, which concluded its work, pointing out that the repression by the security forces was not ordered by the top management, but was the responsibility of agents on the ground.

The United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) denounced in February the use of hunting weapons, as well as pellet guns, against protesters of the protests in Baghdad by unidentified individuals in attacks that also targeted security personnel .

The protests began on October 1 amid a spontaneous uprising due to the deterioration of the economic situation and the lack of basic services, especially in the south of the country, where the situation has been deteriorating sharply in recent months.

The appearance of coronavirus cases led the authorities to order a curfew in the country that brought the protests to a halt, but the mobilizations demanding profound changes and the end of corruption continue.

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