Iraqi President Salih condemns use of live bullets against protesters

Iraqi President Salih speaks in a televised address on Monday, October 7, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — During a televised address on Monday night (October 7), President Barham Salih said that targeting protestors with live bullets was unacceptable and the members of the security forces who opened fire on the protestors would be investigated

“Those officials who decided bloodshed should be interrogated and the demonstrators should be compensated,” Salih said.

“I am proposing quick steps to be taken for reforms and all the corruption-related cases should be sent to court without personal indiscrimination,” he added.

More than 100 people have been killed over the past week during anti-corruption protests where the security forces fired into crowds of demonstrators. There were also reports of the use of sniper fire. More than 6,000 people were wounded.

The government has proposed a number of programs to address protesters demands and the Council of Representatives is set to meet tomorrow to debate them.

“Our armed forces which have protected the country and the people in the most serious confrontations with terrorism, are also capable of protecting citizens and their peaceful democratic practices in conditions of peace,” Salih said.

“We are calling for the formation of a committee to speak with the security forces and demonstrators,” he said.

“Those who countered the protestors are enemies of Iraqi people.”

(NRT Digital Media)