Washington 0
27 May 2021

The U.S. State Department expressed “outrage[] that peaceful demonstrators who took to the street [in Iraq] to urge reform were met with threats and brutal violence”, adding: “the violation of Iraqi sovereignty and rule of law by armed militias harms all Iraqis and their country”. It went to “welcome every effort by the government to hold accountable the militias, thugs and vigilante groups for their attacks against Iraqis exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as well as for their assault on the rule of law”.

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