EU calls on Iraqi forces to “exercise maximum restraint”

BRUSSELS, The European Union Thursday called on the Iraqi security forces to “exercise maximum restraint in the handling of the protests.” A statement by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, noted that protests that erupted in Baghdad this week and spread to other parts of Iraq and the escalation into violence yesterday reportedly left over a dozen protestors dead and hundreds of people injured.

It said, “The statement issued by Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi, affirming the right to peacefully protest and freedom of expression, while acknowledging the protestors’ legitimate demands, goes in the right direction.

The EU supports the launch of an investigation into the events, which needs to be credible and swift, it said.

The events in Iraq are further evidence of the urgency to meet the needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people, in particular through credible and effective economic reforms, added the EU statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency