Making a statement on behalf of the EU, EU High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that the Iranian security forces’ intervention in the demonstrations was disproportionate, and that there were casualties and injuries.
Noting that cutting off internet access and blocking messaging platforms is a violation of freedom of expression, Borrell emphasized that the EU and EU member states find the use of violence against protesters unacceptable and justifiable.
“We expect Iran to urgently stop the violent suppression of protests and ensure the free flow of information with internet access. We also expect Iran to reveal the numbers of those killed and detained, release non-violent demonstrators, and provide appropriate treatment for detainees,” Borrell said.
Stating that Mahsa Emini’s death should be investigated, Borrell demanded that those responsible be held accountable.
“The EU will continue to evaluate all options at its disposal to address the killing of Mahsa Emini and the response of the Iranian security forces to the demonstrations ahead of the next Foreign Ministers’ Meeting,” Borrell said.
The death of Emini, who was taken to the hospital in a coma after being detained by the Irshad patrols, known as the “morality police”, on September 13 in Tehran, on September 16, caused outrage in the country.
After Emini’s funeral in her hometown of Sakkız on September 17, protests broke out in Tehran and cities in the west of the country.
Source: TRT Haber