Head of UNAMI: Violence only Begets Violence, Peaceful Demonstrators must be Protected


Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, “Appalled by continued bloodshed in Iraq. People’s high frustration not to be underestimated or misread” she addressed on her Twitter account.

She also added, “violence only begets violence, peaceful demonstrators must be protected. It is high time for national dialogue”

Since demonstrations swept across many parts of Iraq in early October, the United Nations has engaged with a wide range of Iraqis in the search for solutions. From day one, UNAMI has consistently called for the protection of peaceful protestors and the need to address their legitimate demands, continue to condemn in the strongest terms the loss of life, the many injuries and the destruction of property. UNAMI is stressing the urgency of the situation at every turn.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq visited demonstrators last week, observed: “On the streets I witnessed women, men, the young and the elderly, united under the Iraqi flag in their love for their country”

Recently, Iraqi security forces used live ammunition and heavy tear gas against thousands of demonstrators who defied a curfew in many Iraqi cities. The protests began over corruption, unemployment, and lack of services.

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