Iran: European Union says crackdown on demonstrations ‘unacceptable’

Iran: European Union says crackdown on demonstrations ‘unacceptable’

Europe 1 with AFP

Many demonstrations, sometimes violent and deadly, have been breaking out in Iran for more than a week. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, condemned Tehran’s use of excessive force against the demonstrators. He points to an “unjustifiable and unacceptable” action.

The European Union on Sunday declared the “widespread and disproportionate use of force” against protesters in Iran “unjustifiable and unacceptable” after nine days of protests over the death of a young woman detained by vice squads and killed 41 people. In a statement on behalf of the EU, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, also condemned “the decision by the Iranian authorities to drastically restrict internet access and block instant messaging platforms”, which is “a blatant violation of freedom of expression”.

A sharp condemnation of the Iranian response

“The European Union will continue to review all options at its disposal before the next Council of Foreign Ministers, given the death of Mahsa Amini and the way the Iranian security forces have responded to the demonstrations,” warned Josep Borrell without further details Protests began on September 16, the day of the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in Tehran on September 13 for “wearing inappropriate clothing” in the Islamic Republic, where the dress code for women is strict.

“We expect Iran to immediately end the violent repression of demonstrations and allow access to the internet and the free flow of information,” added the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs. He also called on Tehran to “clarify the number of dead and arrested, release all non-violent protesters.” “The death of Mahsa Amini must be properly investigated and everyone responsible for his death must be held accountable,” he continues, “taking in this context the statement by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

According to the non-detailed Iranian official report, 41 people were killed in the nine-day protests, including protesters and security forces. But the toll could be higher as Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights reports at least 54 protesters have been killed.


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