U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdelmahdi, for “maximum restraint” after more than 100 people were killed in the country’s recent protests against corruption and lack of public services.
Pompeo lamented, in an appeal with Abdelmahdi, “the tragic loss of life in recent days and urged the Iraqi government to exercise maximum restraint,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the State Department.
Similarly, the head of U.S. diplomacy “condemned the recent violence in Iraq and noted that those who have violated human rights must be held accountable”.
In addition, Pompeo told Abdelmahdi that “peaceful public demonstrations are a fundamental element of all democracies and emphasized that there is no room for violence in demonstrations, neither by security forces nor by demonstrators”.
Finally, Donald Trump’s government representative urged the Iraqi prime minister to “take immediate steps to address the demonstrators’ grievances by enacting reforms and fighting corruption”.
Over a hundred people have died and some 6,000 have been injured in the anti-government protests that erupted in Iraq.
Protesters protest the lack of public services and employment, as well as other chronic problems such as corruption.
In order to calm the protests, Abdelmahdi’s government has already announced two packages of economic and social measures in response to the demands of the demonstrators.