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EU examines classifying Iran Revolutionary Guards as terrorists

October 31, 2022
Akhtar Safi
1 min read
EU examines classifying Iran Revolutionary Guards as terrorists

The European Union and Germany are looking for ways to classify Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group after its commander warned the Iranian people to stop protesting.

"I made it clear last week that we will launch another package of sanctions, and we will examine how we can also list the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation," said Annalena Baerbock, the German foreign minister, on Sunday.

Her comments come after Hussein Salami, the commander of the IRGC, warned protesters that Saturday would be their last day of taking to the streets, in a sign that security forces may intensify their already brutal crackdown on the widespread demonstrations. 

"We’re saying to young people and to those who have been deceived that today is the last day they will riot. They should not take to the streets again," Salami said at a funeral for victims of this week’s shooting in Shiraz.

“This agitating won’t end well. Don’t ruin your futures,” he added.

The death last month of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Tehran’s morality police has triggered a wave of nationwide demonstrations against Iran’s clerical establishment.

Security services have unleashed a fierce crackdown on the mainly peaceful protests in which at least 253 people have been killed, including 34 children, according to one human rights organization. Several thousand people have been arrested.

Iran has witnessed waves of anti-government protests in recent years. Hundreds of people were reportedly killed in the government’s suppression of protests triggered by gas price hikes in November 2019 - the deadliest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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