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EU imposes new sanctions on Iran to suppress protests


BRUSSELS ( Associated Press) — European Union foreign ministers imposed new sanctions Monday on clerics, senior officials and high-ranking staff for a brutal crackdown on protesters at Iran’s state media, as well as what experts believe are explosives. related to the supply of drones. To use Russia in the war against Ukraine.

Ministers imposed a travel ban on Europe and confiscated the assets of 20 individuals. He also froze the assets of the Islamic Republic of Iran broadcaster, noting that the outlet was a “spokesman” for its “violent response to the recent protests in Iran”.

Iranian women – and some men – have been protesting harsh government restrictions on their daily lives since late September following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code. ,

Iran on Monday publicly hanged a second prisoner convicted of crimes committed during nationwide protests against the country’s democracy from a construction crane in a stern warning to the public.

In a statement, the EU ministers demanded that Iran “immediately end its reprehensible practice of carrying out and carrying out the death penalty against protesters, and immediately revoke the death sentences handed down recently.” “

The ministers also criticized Iran for delivering drones to Russia, noting that “weapons provided by Iran are used by Russia indiscriminately against the civilian population and infrastructure of Ukraine, causing terrible destruction and human suffering”. it occurs.”

Four individuals and four “entities” – usually agencies, media, companies, or organizations – were banned for “undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”.

Ukraine’s air defenses, backed by the West, have made it difficult for Russia to use fighter jets, and explosive drones are a cheap weapon capable of finding and destroying targets while spreading fear among soldiers and civilians.

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