German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (file photo)

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock

European Countries Submit 16 Proposals For EU Sanctions On Iran

Monday, 10/03/2022

Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic have submitted 16 proposals for new measures by the European Union against Iran over its violent clampdown on current protests. 

A German foreign ministry source said on Monday that the new sanctions would target people and institutions primarily responsible for the Islamic Republic’s crackdown on Iranian protest, ignited by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in custody of hijab police. 

The EU foreign ministers are set to decide on the measures at their meeting on October 17, with no resistance expected from the members of the bloc, Spiegel magazine reported. "We are now working flat out to implement these proposals," the source said.

Promising to sanction Tehran over its bloody crackdown, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday that Iran's suppression of protests was "an expression of sheer fear of education and the power of freedom,” referring to the organized violent government attacks on protesting students in Tehran’s Sharif University Sunday night. 

"It is also difficult to bear that our foreign policy options are limited. But we can amplify their voice, create publicity, bring charges and sanction. And that we are doing," she tweeted.

The university’s Islamic Student Association Monday issued a call for a general, national student strike and early reports and images already show protests in many universities including in Esfahan, Mashhad, Sanandaj, Semnan and Kermanshah.

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