Spain summons Iran ambassador over protests crackdown
Spain summoned the Iranian ambassador Wednesday to express its opposition to the heavy handed crackdown on mass demonstrations across Iran that have claimed dozens of lives, a diplomatic source said.
The protests erupted nearly two weeks ago over the death of a young Kurdish woman in custody who had allegedly fallen foul of Iran’s strict rules on headscarves and modest clothing.
“The foreign ministry has summoned the Iranian ambassador in Madrid to express its objection over the repression of the protests and the violation of women’s rights,” the source said.
The woman, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was visiting Tehran with her family, died after receiving a “violent blow to the head,” her cousin told AFP.
Despite the fact the bloody crackdown has drawn condemnation from around the world, Iran’s police said Wednesday they would continue to act against the protesters “with all their might”.
So far, “around 60 people” have been killed since Amini’s death on September 16, Fars news agency said on Tuesday, a day after officials confirmed they had made more than 1,200 arrests, among them activists, lawyers and journalists.