Amnesty urges Iraqi authorities to stop bloodbath

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi government to curb the violence of its security forces in order to stop the “bloodbath” as it confronts protests.

This came in a report of the organization published on its website on Saturday evening, and was seen by Anatolia.

“Iraqi authorities must rein in security forces immediately after at least six protesters were killed in central Baghdad as police tried to remove roadblocks and tents from several bridges and streets near Tahrir Square,” Amnesty said.

Around a dozen demonstrators were killed in Basra in southern Iraq in recent days, according to “Amnesti”, noting that Baghdad and Basra witnessed “more bloody days due to the excessive force used by Iraqi security forces with the demonstrators.”

At least 264 people have been killed across the country since the protests began more than a month ago, Amnesty said.

“The government of Iraq has a duty to protect its people’s right to life, as well as freedom of assembly and expression,” the Amnesty report said, calling for “an immediate end to the bloodbath and bringing those responsible to justice.”

“The Iraqi authorities must immediately order an end to this excessive and unlawful use of force,” Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa director Heba Morayef said.

Since October 25, Iraq has been witnessing anti-government protests, the second of its kind after two weeks before.

The protests included widespread violence that left at least 291 dead and about 13,000 injured, the majority of them demonstrators, according to Anatolian statistics, based on figures from the Iraqi Human Rights Commission (an official parliament) and medical sources.

The protesters, who first came out to demand better services and jobs, are now insisting on the departure of the government and the “corrupt” political elite, which is rejected by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who is demanding an alternative before the resignation of his government.

Many protesters also denounce Iran’s growing influence in the country and its support for armed factions and powerful parties that have controlled the country’s capabilities for many years.

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