Iran has blamed Germany for a terror attack that took place in the Iranian city of Shiraz, reports Borzou Daragahi, international Correspondent at The Independent and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, as he notes the regime in Tehran is linking it with a big protest against the Iranian regime that took place in Germany.
According to Daragahi, this regime statement is “lending credence to the theory that Khamenei himself ordered the mysterious attack that killed at least 15”.
Iran regime blames Germany for Shiraz terror attack, because it hosted big anti-regime protest, lending credence to theory that Khamenei himself ordered mysterious attack that killed at least 15 https://t.co/opP1jjic2b
— Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) October 31, 2022
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, earlier claimed responsibility for the attack on a religious shrine in the southern Iranian city. According to an expert, “one cannot rule out the possibility that the attack’s timing had a tactical purpose, namely, to exploit the Shia theocratic regime’s potential instability amid the mass uprising.”
The Islamic State Attacks the Islamic Republic
— Pieter Van Ostaeyen (@p_vanostaeyen) November 1, 2022
Jason Brodsky, Policy Director at NGO United Against Nuclear Iran, highlighted “the regime in Iran’s rent-a-crowd protests outside against Germany’s embassy in Tehran today following the EU sanctions with hints of more to come.”
He urges: “Berlin should withdraw its ambassador and should in turn send Iran’s ambassador packing.”
The regime in #Iran's rent-a-crowd protests outside against #Germany's embassy in Tehran today following the EU sanctions with hints of more to come. Berlin should withdraw its ambassador and should in turn send Iran's ambassador packing. pic.twitter.com/0UvZD70Icb
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) November 1, 2022
On Sunday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (picture) revealed that Germany and the European Union are examining whether to classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, reports Reuters, quoting her:
Foreign Minister of Germany, Annalena Baerbock said today:
"I made it clear last week that we will launch another package of sanctions, that we will examine how we can also list the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation.”#RegimeChange https://t.co/54By4VRRHo
— Darya Safai MP (@SafaiDarya) October 30, 2022
Before that, the German government already sent out firm statements, for example complaining about the regime’s crackdown on the ongoing protests:
“The courageous protests in #Iran continue. Day by day the regime acts more brutally. Our bilateral relations were already at a low, but with a state acting so inhumanely, there can be no “business as usual”.
The courageous protests in #Iran continue. Day by day the regime acts more brutally. Our bilateral relations were already at a low, but with a state acting so inhumanely, there can be no "business as usual". Therefore, we adapt our relationship to the situation. 🧵 1/5 https://t.co/i2nKBeI5o6
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) October 26, 2022
Picture: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Copyright: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Nordrhein-Westfalen, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons )