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France Demands EU Punish Tehran Officials Over Death of Amini
The European Union is under pressure by France to “target senior officials and hold them responsible for their actions,” stated foreign minister Catherine Colonna to the parliament Tuesday. This was in reference to the protests after the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in a hospital in Tehran, India.
Colonna proposed sanctions on the officials such as “freezing their assets and their right to travel.” Colonna also criticized Tehran officials stating they “repress on one hand and send many of their own children to live in the West on the other.” France is now working with countries such as Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic on sanctions against Tehran.
A fallen patriot for change
Amini, who was only 22 years old, was attacked by Kurdish Iranian police for not properly wearing her hijab. She was detained and brutally beaten by police according to witnesses, then pronounced dead on September 16.
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Protestors were enraged over her death and caused the biggest protest to hit Iran in almost three years. Many have lost their lives and over 1,000 people arrested.
US President Joe Biden Monday vowed “further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters”.
Now efforts for a nuclear deal between Iran and other powerful nations are at a standstill due to the death of Amini. Conversations had revived in 2015, however the current climate of Iran has put a pause on negotiations.