Background unclear – Austrians arrested during protests in Iran


Iranian security forces have arrested 14 foreigners, including Austrian, American, British and French nationals, for their involvement in anti-government protests, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Wednesday. The Iranian authorities have not yet commented on this.

Iran has blamed “thugs” and “rioters” with ties to “foreign enemies” for the nationwide protests that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16.

It is unclear when the arrests were made
“Citizens from 14 countries, including Austria, the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Afghanistan, have been arrested during the recent unrest in Iran, with Afghan nationals being the most numerous,” Fars reported, without citing a source. Fars, who is believed to have ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, did not say when or where the arrests were made.

The nationwide protests sparked by Amini’s death have become one of the greatest challenges facing Iran’s spiritual rulers since the 1979 revolution. Tehran accuses the United States, Israel and European countries of using the unrest to destabilize the Islamic Republic.

Source: Krone


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