US joins Europe with fresh sanctions over Iran protest crackdown

The United States has joined its allies in Europe in issuing fresh sanctions against Iranian officials and entities over Tehran’s crackdown on ongoing anti-government

protests. The US Treasury Department said on Monday that its sanctions, taken in coordination with the European Union and United Kingdom, targeted the Islamic Revolutionary

Guard Corps (IRGC) Cooperative Foundation and five of its board members, as well as four senior IRGC commanders. Iran’s Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Security Naser

Rashedi was also blacklisted. “Along with our partners, we will continue to hold the Iranian regime accountable so long as it relies upon violence, sham trials, the

execution of protestors, and other means of suppressing its people,” Treasury Department official Brian E Nelson said in a statement. The sanctions are the latest step by

the US and its European allies to penalise the Iranian government over its repression of protests that broke out in September of last year following the death of 22-year-old

Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini. Amini died in custody after being detained by the country’s “morality police” for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women.

Her death set off mass nationwide demonstrations, which were met with a harsh crackdown by the Iranian authorities. Foreign-based human rights organisations say more than 500

people have been killed in the unrest, while at least four people have been executed in relation to the protests. Earlier on Monday, the EU placed 37 Iranian officials and

entities on its sanctions list for what European officials described as the “brutal and disproportionate use of force by the Iranian authorities against peaceful protesters”.