Shafaq News/ The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has outraged Iraqis for talking about material losses in Iraq without mentioning the violence that has claimed dozens of lives in anti-corruption demonstrations.
“Disruption of critical infrastructure also of grave concern. Responsibility of all to protect public facilities. Threats/closures of roads to oil installations, ports causing billions in losses. Detrimental to Iraq's economy, undermines fulfilling protesters’ legitimate demands ,”she said on Twitter
Disruption of critical infrastructure also of grave concern. Responsibility of all to protect public facilities. Threats/closures of roads to oil installations, ports causing billions in losses. Detrimental to #Iraq’s economy, undermines fulfilling protesters’ legitimate demands.— Jeanine Hennis (@JeanineHennis) November 6, 2019
Plasschaert’s tweet was met with thousands of angry responses, ranging from the publication of videos about the oppression of Iraqis, to denouncing what she said, and some tweeting to the point of demanding to dismiss her”.
In a previous tweet, the UN official noted the grave abuses suffered by Iraqi protesters by retweeting the report of the UNAMI Human Rights Office.
But her recent tweet, which made no mention of the dead and wounded in the demonstrations, focusing only on oil losses, infuriated her Twitter followers.
"No homeland , No Oil," a follower answered her tweet.
"That's right. Oil is more important than blood,” another mocked.
"How much does Iraqi blood cost?" Asked Lubna al-Janabi.
The number of angry responses to the UN envoy's tweet reached more than 4,000 within hours.