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Borrell slams Iran for ‘disproportionate’ use of force in crackdown on protests


As nationwide protests in Iran enter their second week, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has criticized Tehran for what he calls a “disproportionate” use of force against protesters.

The unrest was sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in custody after being held by vice police on charges of breaking the country’s conservative dress code.

Protesters demand an end to violence and discrimination against women, and some have called on the government to abolish the compulsory wearing of the hijab.

State media calls them “rioters and thugs”. He says at least 41 people have been killed.

Authorities have said they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored.

euronews Gt

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