JEDDAH: The regime in Tehran faced growing international isolation on Thursday as a wave of unrest inside Iran spread across borders.
In Afghanistan, Taliban forces fired into the air to disperse a gathering of women outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul in support of protests in Iran.
The demonstrators carried banners reading: “Iran has risen, now it’s up to us” and “From Kabul to Iran, say no to dictatorship”, and chanted the mantra “Women, life, freedom” used in Iran. Taliban forces tore down the banners and tore them up in front of protesters.
One of the organizers of the protest said it was organized “to show our support and solidarity with the Iranian people and the female victims of the Taliban in Afghanistan”.
In Norway, two people were injured and 90 were arrested in clashes during a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Oslo. Several dozen demonstrators, some draped in the Kurdish flag, tried to enter the embassy compound.
The protest came a day after Iran launched missile and drone strikes that killed 13 people in Iraqi Kurdistan. Tehran accuses Kurdish dissidents of fueling two weeks of protests in Iran, which began when 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini died in police custody.
Amini was visiting Tehran with her family when she was arrested and accused of wearing her hijab with “insufficient modesty”.
At least 76 people have been killed in Iran’s violent crackdown on protests, with security forces using tear gas, batons, birdfire and live ammunition.
Germany’s foreign minister on Thursday urged the EU to impose new sanctions on Iran over its treatment of protesters.
“The Iranian authorities must immediately end their brutal treatment of protesters,” Annalena Baerbock told the German parliament.
She said she would do everything within the framework of the EU to impose sanctions against those responsible for the oppression of women in Iran.
The French Foreign Ministry said it would support sanctions in response to “new massive violations of women’s rights and human rights in Iran”.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc would “consider all options at its disposal…to deal with the murder of Mahsa Amini and the way Iran’s security forces have responded to the protests. who followed”.
In Iran, the regime has warned sports and entertainment figures against any further support for protests. “We will take action against the celebrities who fanned the flames of the riots,” said Tehran Provincial Governor Mohsen Mansouri.
Former TV host Mahmoud Shahriari has already been arrested for “inciting riots and solidarity with the enemy”, and Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi has urged people to “stand in solidarity” with protesters.
“They are looking for simple but basic rights that the state has denied them,” he said.