Iran respond angrily to German Chancellor Scholz’s criticism

Iran responded angrily to German Chancellor Scholz's criticism
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Iran has responded angrily to comments made by the German chancellor Olaf Scholz regarding violent crackdowns on demonstrators in Iran. 

Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said that Scholz’s words were “provocative, meddling and undiplomatic”. He also warned that the comments could cause “long-term damage” to the two countries’ relationship. 

In a video podcast published on Saturday 12 November, Scholz sharply criticised the Iranian leadership’s record of human rights violations. At one point he asked rhetorically “what kind of government are you if you shoot your own citizens?”. He added that those who acted in this way would be opposed by Germany. 

Scholz also expressed his support for greater EU sanctions on Iran, a policy which had already been agreed in Brussels on Friday. 

Protests have been ongoing in Iran since the death of 22-year old Iranian Kurd Kina Masha Amini in police custody. Amini was arrested by the morality police because she had allegedly violated Islamic dress code.

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