Baerbock finds clear words towards Iran
10/09/2022 04:31 am
The demonstrators in Iran want regime change. On the other hand, top State Department officials would prefer the mullahs make concessions and remain in power. Foreign Minister Baerbock is now threatening the government with further sanctions.
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has strongly criticized the Iranian government and announced that further sanctions will be imposed on the regime in Tehran. “Anyone who beats up women and girls on the street, kidnaps people who want nothing more than to live free, arbitrarily arrests them and sentence them to death is on the wrong side of history,” Baerbock of Bild am Sonntag said. .
The Greens politician announced that the European Union would impose travel bans on those responsible for suppressing protests and freeze their assets. “We say to the people of Iran: we will stand by you!” The cry of the people on the streets of Iran for self-determination is deafening. Only the Iranian government is deaf. But they will not “give up our solidarity,” the foreign minister said.
According to information from the newspaper “Bild”, Baerbock’s course towards Iran is not without controversy, the newspaper writes about a split in the ministry. Top officials of the department responsible for relations with Iran assessed a change of power in Iran as a “disaster” that could lead to “instability across the region,” according to the Bild. Above all, the role of the think tank “Carpo” led by the German-Iranian Adnan Tabatabai, which promotes cooperation with the regime, is decisive.
The protests against the Islamic system caused by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini continue and are now in their fourth week. Night after night, people took to the streets in the country’s cities to confront the security forces, who also reportedly fired live ammunition. The human rights organization “Iran Human Rights” has now counted 185 confirmed deaths, half of them in the poor provinces of Sistan and Balochistan, which are mainly home to members of the country’s Sunni minority. Thousands of people have been arrested in connection with the protests.