Selin ATAY-TDO-The United Nations has reacted harshly to the killing of a 17-year-old teenager after he allegedly opened fire on demonstrators in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, while the Iraqi judiciary has launched an investigation.
“The incident in Vesbe Square is indicative of an absolute collapse. Violence, detention and barbarism must be stopped. We call on Iraqi security forces to provide full protection for peaceful demonstrators."The United Nations mission in Iraq said. The perpetrators of the Vesbe Square incident should also be brought to justice, the statement said.
A written statement from Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council said those involved in the killing of a 17-year-old teenager in Vesbe Square would be arrested after being identified. The statement said the incident would be investigated by an official expert in the field of national security.
At least 460 people were killed and 19 thousand injured in the demonstrations that began on October 1st in protest against unemployment, corruption and lack of Public Service in the country, according to the statement of the Iraqi High Independent Human Rights Commissioner on December 4th. Reactions to Iran's influence in the country have also been expressed during the ongoing demonstrations in central and southern cities, particularly the capital Baghdad.