The European Union (EU) said Tuesday that it has been following “closely the popular protests in southern Iraq that have gathered pace over the past week and that have escalated into violence with security forces, leaving at least eight protestors dead and many more injured.
“The right of citizens to assemble freely and protest is a fundamental one and should always be respected. Protests should remain peaceful and we expect the Iraq security forces to show maximum restraint towards their citizens throughout the country with no misuse of the state of alert,” an EU spokesperson told journalists.
The spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity noted that the authorities in Iraq have restored the internet, saying it is a positive step as this is essential to guarantee citizens’ basic right to information.
“These developments make the formation of a representative new government more urgent than before, to start the urgent political and economic reforms and show responsiveness to the needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people, addressing their legitimate grievances,” added the spokesperson.
Source: Kuwait News Agency