The Government of Iran has accused Germany this Friday of inciting “terrorism” and “hate speech” in the country after criticism from Berlin against the execution of a man arrested during the protests that have been taking place since September over the death under custody of Mahsa Amini, arrested for allegedly wearing the veil incorrectly.
“Combating terrorism, violence and hate speech are unequivocal international responsibilities,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian, who has argued that “it is hypocritical for Germany to consider this as ‘red lines’ on its territory and security while inciting this same sinister phenomenon in Iran.”
Thus, Amirabdolahian has criticized Germany through his account on the social network Twitter for “denouncing the legitimate fight” against these acts by the Iranian authorities. Shortly before, her German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, had condemned the recent execution and announced a harsh reaction from the European Union (EU), according to the German news agency DPA.
The President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, stressed this Friday that those responsible for acts of vandalism and attacks within the framework of the demonstrations will be “strictly” punished, before stressing that “the enemies seek to harm the values of the Revolution Islamic resorting to a new combined war, but the Iranian nation has faced this conspiracy.”
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard confirmed last week that more than 300 people have died since the start of the protests, which was the first official balance since the start of the mobilizations. The figure is lower than that provided by NGOs, which point to more than 400 deaths due to the repression by the security forces.