Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday slammed the "unacceptable" crackdown on Iranian pro-opposition demonstrators by state security forces and pressed Tehran to respect civil rights.
"I condemn the recent violent clashes in Iran in which people died due to the unacceptable actions of the security forces," she said in a strongly worded statement.
"I call on Iran to live up to its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," she said. "In particular, the right to free expression through peaceful demonstrations must not be restricted or suppressed by violence."
Merkel expressed her sympathies with the families of those killed in the anti-government protests, after Iranian state media put the death toll at eight, and called on Tehran to defuse the situation.
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I think a government run by religious, intolerant fanatics must be condemned. Basic human rights are non-existent there, this is really a shame and will finally lead to more rebellion against this religious, inhuman dictatorship. Sad for every person in Iran and elsewhere in the world who must suffer from a islamic, intolerant religion and society.