Another demonstrator was killed and wounded during a rally in Baghdad two days ago.
The United States is angry that Iraqi peacekeepers seeking change have faced threats and “brutal violence,” State spokesman Ned Price said Thursday.
One demonstrator was killed and wounded during a rally in Baghdad two days ago when thousands gathered to question Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi over the killing of Iraqi freedom fighters and dissidents.
“The United States is angry that peace activists who took to the streets to promote change faced threats and violence,” Price said.
“We welcome the efforts of the government to eradicate the Iraqi army, terrorists, and security forces who have the right to freedom of speech and assembly, as well as to fight for justice,” the government spokesman said.
What started as a show of hope in Tahrir Square saw controversy all day long ending with violence when security forces fired shots and tear gas to protest the protests in the morning.
Videos shared on video show the chaos commemorating October 2019 when riots around the country erupted and several viewers were killed by security forces.
The US is outraged by the lack of law enforcement in Iraq. Judges should be allowed to work without intimidation or threats of violence and Iraqis who have their rights and freedoms should demonstrate without fear of persecution. https://t.co/pBdxZCJrYT
– Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) May 27, 2021
At least 600 protesters have been killed and 35 human rights activists killed in 82 cases, according to Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights.
The second protest took place over the assassination of freedom fighter Ihab Jawad al-Wazni near his home in Karbala on May 9 and called on his family to end the abduction.
The perpetrators remain unknown but activists and protesters have targeted Iranian-backed terrorists. Hundreds of protesters in Tahrir Square on May 25 shouted anti-Iranian-backed anti-government slogans.
Iraqi troops on May 26 caught Qasim Muslih, commander of Iranian-backed Shia forces in Anbar state.
Muslih was arrested in connection with a recent incident at Ain al-Asad airport, where the US and other international forces are stationed, Reuters officials said.
In the meantime, it is Public dissatisfaction is on the rise, the government of Prime Minister al-Kadhimi is facing elections delayed from June to October.
After taking office in May last year, al-Kadhimi vowed to hold early elections to appeal to protesters seeking political change. Now, there are calls that boycotts among many Iraqi people are unhappy with the way things are going.