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A spokesman for Abdul-Mahdi "is losing his temper" after questions about the killing of the demonstrators!
January 21, 2020
He could not stand behind his nerve after facing a statement by the Minister of Interior acknowledging the killing of hundreds of demonstrators (Ultra Iraq)
Ultra Iraq - Editorial Team
In the face of unaccustomed questions while hosting on the official channel and some stations affiliated with the crowd factions, the spokesman for the Armed Forces Commander in Chief, Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf, withdrew from a television program after a sharp debate with the interlocutor.
A spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces withdrew from a television interview after he was confronted with a statement by the Minister of Interior acknowledging the death of hundreds of protesters.
And as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , he began behind during the dialogue that lasted for about 24 minutes with media Nabil Jassim, denied the deaths and injuries of protesters in the capital Baghdad , shot by security forces and bombs tear gas canisters, despite the comic scenes that documented many of these cases , and a report by Amnesty International.
Khalaf refused to describe what happened mainly as "violence", before the presenter attacked and accused him of "using distorted and inaccurate information to inflate what happened in an attempt to turn the street on the authorities."
A spokesman for Abdul-Mahdi said, "16 members of the security forces, including the brigade commander, were injured during the events of Muhammad al-Qasim," stressing that the injured among the demonstrators are "only 22 asphyxiated by tear gas, and 21 of them have left hospitals."
Khalaf justified the violence that occurred by "contacting youths, whose age does not exceed 25 years, with the security forces deployed in specific and known places," stressing that "the forces prevented young men only from crossing their checkpoints without using violence and arrested some who insisted on cutting off roads."
Khalaf stressed, "The security forces used only 10-12 smoke bombs everywhere," except that "this is not considered excessive violence," and denied that any of the protesters had been shot.
A spokesman for Abdul-Mahdi also said, "The security forces are not involved in the political game, and their work is limited to security and ensuring a return to normalcy and the protection of protest yards," noting that its actions against demonstrators outside these squares came "after the views and hundreds of messages criticizing and accusing the security authorities" Weak and unable to protect security and protect the interests of people. "
Khalaf promised, protesting outside the demonstration yards, "witnessed crimes according to the law that authorizes the security authorities to arrest the perpetrators without a judicial order," while he defended exclusively for those responsible for the security decision, stressing that "the security establishment operates according to laws and has not issued any decisions calling for violence from any minister." During the previous period".
Khalaf denied the death toll during the events of Sari Muhammad al-Qasim, stressing that the security forces "did not use bullets".
On the legal rule of orders issued by the National Security Council to arrest those who cross the streets in the context of protests, Khalaf said, "Law No. 111 of 1969 and its amendments considers disrupting the work of the state a criminal offense whose arrest does not require a judicial order, and sends its perpetrator to arrest directly."
Khalaf added, "The Iraqi law does not allow the cutting off of roads," stressing that "what happened today is attempts to completely cut the road by burning tires, which are crimes that the security forces must deal with."
In response to a report by Amnesty International, which indicated that the Iraqi authorities were using excessive violence against demonstrators, Khalaf asked, "Is anyone who closes government departments with welding is a protester? Is there this type of protest in Western countries and the United States?"
A spokesman for Abdul-Mahdi also justified the arrest of young men on charges of carrying tires by "trying to cross streets, which are considered by Iraqi law as witnessed crimes," while he claimed "receiving data from protesters in the protest yards denouncing the actions of cutting streets and considered them as non-demonstrators."
With a question being asked about the deaths of about 600 protesters and the injuries of more than 20,000, Abdul Karim Khalaf began losing his temper, denying that the toll began, again indicating that many of those counted as victims of the protests "have fallen into tribal violence, quarrels and criminal incidents."
Khalaf said, "The security authorities have prosecuted all incidents and conducted investigations in each case based on the files of forensic medicine, police reports and the location of the accident in conjunction with the judiciary." He also denied international and press reports related to the kidnappings of activists and demonstrators, usually circulating that information "media trade" .
However, the presenter of the dialogue faced a spokesman for Abdul-Mahdi with an official statement by Interior Minister Yassin Al-Yasiri confirming the death of 482 demonstrators killed across the country, including 165 people outside the demonstration grounds, which sparked the latter's excitement, and prompted him to attack the journalist to begin between them a sharp debate and insults that ended with Khalaf's withdrawal.
Khalaf justified the arrest of the youths on Monday by trying to cut off the road and questioned the outcome of the victims of the protests announced by official authorities
After that, the journalist Nabil Jassem issued a statement of apology to the viewers of his program, in which he said, "His program operates on a rational, informational space that offers something to the recipient, and does not search for clash of roosters or insults and abuses, but the spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Abd Karim Khalaf, he wanted us to bear all his positions, due to his statements and the governmental position on the national protest movement.