Iran Slams European Police for Violent Crackdown on Protesters
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani censured the Western states' double standards vis-à-vis human rights, and strongly condemned police violence against anti-government demonstrators in several European countries.
On Monday, the European Union (EU) announced that it was imposing restrictive measures on additional eight individuals and one entity, including members of the Judiciary, a member of the Iranian parliament, clerics, and a senior official of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). The United Kingdom has also imposed sanctions on more senior officials of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), including those whom it claimed were responsible for managing the elite force's financial investments.
Kana'ani has strongly condemned the recent EU and British anti-Iran sanctions.
Referring to the ongoing unrests in some European countries, such as the dissatisfaction and protests in France, the spokesperson said the dissent and protests in France are only a small part of the problems.
"A goal that Europe’s recent confrontational approach pursues is an attempt to distract the public opinion from the worsening economic and social crises and the systematic rights violations in Europe, which cannot be hidden from the eyes of the world’s conscious observers," he added.
Kana'ani stated some European sides should avoid "resorting to acts of violence and repression of protesters" instead of "meddling in the internal affairs of other countries".
The senior diplomat further urged the European governments to act responsibly and humanely with regard to the real demands of people in their sphere of jurisdiction.
The spokesman stressed that Iran will, forcefully and prudently, respond in kind to such arbitrary, illegal and illogical acts, as it has done in the past, by relying on its national clout, and it reserves the right to such a response.
Tehran and certain Western nations have been engaged in a diplomatic row over their meddlesome stance on recent unrest Iran and Tehran's alleged role in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.
An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.
Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.
The unrest has claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces, while also allowing acts of terror and sabotage across the country. Iran's Interior Ministry has confirmed the enemy waged a hybrid war against the country to weaken national solidarity and hinder the country's progress, stressing that some 200 people lost their lives in the riots sparked by separatist and terrorist groups.
The US, the UK and the European Union (EU) have imposed a slew of sanctions against Iranian individuals and legal entities since the September death in police custody of an Iranian woman. Iran has returned the adversarial measures and meddlesome statements with sanctions against European, American and British officials and institutions.