Germany: Govt. raises concerns over violence against Iranian protesters

German government spokespeople expressed concern over reports of fatalities and numerous arrests during anti-government protests in Iran, at a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Ulrike Demmer, deputy government spokesperson, and Rainer Breul, spokesperson for the Foreign Office, called on the Iranian Government to act with restraint and respect the freedom of assembly and expression... Еще. The spokespeople said the German government believes that the protests are «legitimate» and deserve respect as «people courageously bring their economic and political concerns to the public attention.» Demmer added, «Should individual protesters misuse violence, the state should react reasonably and with constitutional means.» Breul said that Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has expressed his concerns to his Iranian colleagues, «Calling upon them to respect the freedom of assembly and expression, and also to demand that the Iranian security forces do not use violence against the protesters.» At least 21 people have died in Iran's anti-government protests that have raged since Thursday, with rallies against rising food prices, unemployment and alleged corruption. Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei has blamed 'enemies' for the disruption.

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