Iranian crackdown on demonstrators "unacceptable": Berlin
The German government on Wednesday condemned a crackdown by Iranian authorities on street protests as "unacceptable".
"The way in which the Iranian government attempts to crack down with violence on the right of free expression is totally unacceptable," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.
"We call on the Iranian government not to deny the Iranian people the rights and freedom that it has only just congratulated the Egyptian people on exercising", Seibert said.
"The chancellor assures the Iranian women and men who courageously have taken to the streets that their calls for freedom and human rights will be heard in Germany and Europe," he added.
"The federal government calls for an immediate end to threats voiced against political opposition leaders" and protection for "regime opponents."
Iran's regime has called a rally in Tehran Friday to express "hatred" against the opposition movement, whose key leaders launched fresh anti-government tirades despite demands they be hanged.
The authorities were infuriated when thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Tehran Monday, leading to clashes with riot police.
© 2011 AFP