UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iraqi politicians on Wednesday condemned the results of a government probe into the deaths of more than 150 protesters during a week of demanded protests in the capital and several southern cities, including former prime minister Haider al-Abadi, who called for the government’s resignation two days before a planned new demonstration.
After the official announcement confirming the deaths of 157 people, most of them in Baghdad, Abadi said in a tweet on Twitter that “the government must resign and apologize from the people for the crime committed against unarmed citizens.”
Abadi, who chose to move to the opposition, said: “The government report did not disclose the real parties that ordered the killing of the demonstrators.”
The report acknowledged the “excessive use of force” by the security forces, but authorities did not reveal the identity of the snipers who targeted the protesters, as Abadi said that the targeting of protesters in more than one governorate and more than one site “demonstrates that the direction was from a central high.”
For his part, condemned the coalition of “state of law” led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the report “mysterious and disappointing”, which “did not answer the demands and questions of all in the forefront of the supreme religious authority, whose position was firm on this matter.”
The Under-Secretary will speak in the Friday sermon before the start of the upcoming new demonstrations on 25 October. The view of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is an indication of the extent of mobilization and is seen as a maker or terminator of governments.
The Sunni Salvation and Development Front bloc also denounced the report as “not at the level” of “serious crimes”.
Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim, who has declared his opposition to the government, said he would not take part in the upcoming protests, but said in a tweet: “We don’t stop our supporters from going down in their personal capacity.”
Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has called on his supporters to take part in the demonstrations, after demanding during the first demonstrations the resignation of the government in which he participated.
Sadr called on his supporters to “be prepared and ready for every emergency, starting from Thursday night until further notice,” and the call included all his supporters and deputies.
Parliament, which has been paralyzed since October 1 by divisions, said it would hold a session on Saturday to discuss the protesters’ demands.
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