Iran responds in kind to EU sanctions imposed on Tehran’s bloody crackdown on protests
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Wednesday announced sanctions targeting individuals and European Union media in retaliation for the bloc’s punitive measures against police following the crackdown on Mahsa Amini protests.
Street violence has rocked Iran since Amini’s death on September 16, three days after she was arrested by vice squad for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.
Dozens of people, mostly protesters but also members of the security forces, were killed during the unrest. Hundreds more, including women, have been arrested.
The European Union on October 17 imposed sanctions on the morality police and 11 officials, including Iran’s telecommunications minister, accusing them of involvement in the crackdown on protests.
In response, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced sanctions against eight EU-based institutions and 12 individuals for “supporting terrorist groups”, “inciting violence” and “provoking riots, violence and to terrorist acts” in the Islamic Republic.
Iran’s blacklist includes the International Committee in Search of Justice, the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, and the Persian versions of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Radio France Internationale.
European and French politicians, as well as two people from the German tabloid Bild, are among those sanctioned by the Iranian government.
Iranian sanctions include a visa ban and the “seizure of their property and assets in the territory under the jurisdiction of Iran”, the ministry statement said.
On October 19, Iran announced it had blacklisted British entities and individuals, days after London imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police following Amini’s death.