European Union To Sanction Iran As It Kills 160 Student Protesters

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says statements from German officials about imposing potential sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are irresponsible and not constructive.

Speaking to reporters at a Monday briefing, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said such sanctions would be illegal.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Sunday that Germany and the European Union were considering enacting sanctions against the IRGC. She told broadcaster ARD there is ongoing consideration of how to list the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

Baerbock’s comments came a day after the commander of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, warned protesters not to demonstrate anymore.

Iran has seen weeks of protests since the mid-September death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code for women.

Security forces on Sunday fired gunshots and tear gas at a gathering of students in the flashpoint western city of Sanandaj, where videos showed billowing clouds of smoke amid chants of “freedom,” the Norway-based Hengaw organization reported.

It also posted a video with the sound of echoing gunfire, and of a 12-year-old girl wailing, with her bloody arm peppered with metal pellets, in reports AFP could not verify independently.

Security forces have struggled to contain the protests, which started with women taking to the streets and burning their hijab headscarves and which have evolved into a broader campaign to end the Islamic Republic founded in 1979.

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