In a recent video message, the chancellor responded to Iran’s threats – and promised more sanctions.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has sharply criticized Iran’s leadership in the wake of serious human rights violations in the country. “What kind of government do you have that shoots at your own citizens? We must rely on our deterrence against anyone who behaves like this,” he said in his video podcast released on Saturday. Scholz was responding to earlier Iranian threats. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdullahian threatened the consequences of Germany’s position on the issue.
Scholz also commented on the weeks of protests in Iran, the violent crackdown on protesters, arrests and executions. See what’s happening on the streets, lecture halls and courtrooms. “We see the struggle for freedom and justice. And: we see Iranian drones attacking and killing Ukrainian cities. All of this is completely unacceptable. We demand an immediate end to the violence. We demand the release of political prisoners. Jailed journalists.”
For a long time it wasn’t just the dress code, but people “fighting in the streets for more freedom and justice,” Scholz said. “We can hardly imagine how much courage this requires.” Iranians risk their lives, count on torture and decades of imprisonment The images that reach us every day shock me too “The Iranian government is solely responsible for the violent explosions
Scholz: Want to increase pressure
He reiterated that more EU sanctions should be imposed on Iran. EU countries agreed on this on Friday. Words alone were not enough “in terms of brutality and contempt for human beings”. The EU has already decided on several sanctions packages. “More sanctions will be added next week. We want to increase the pressure on the Revolutionary Guards and the political leadership.”
In Iran, people have been protesting against the government and Islamic rule since mid-September. The trigger was the death in police custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini. The moral police arrested her because, according to them, the young woman violated the Islamic dress code.