The authorities in Iran have been using violence against demonstrators for weeks, there are dead and injured. The Foreign Office is now drawing further conclusions – and warns above all dual nationals.

In view of the violent reactions to the protests in Iran, the Federal Foreign Office has called on all Germans to leave the country.

On the side of the Federal Foreign Office, the authority warns against traveling to Iran and urges all German citizens to leave the country. There is a concrete danger that German citizens will be “arbitrarily arrested, interrogated and sentenced to long prison terms”. Above all, German citizens who also have Iranian citizenship are at risk. According to the Federal Foreign Office, there have been a large number of arrests of foreign nationals in the past.

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Anyone who is still in the country should behave very carefully, demonstrations and crowds of people should be avoided on a large scale. Communication services are largely restricted, and this is expected to continue.

A spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office told the German Press Agency: “Today’s departure request is necessary to take account of the changed security situation and the protection of German nationals who are still in the country.” He added: “The escalating, violent action by the Iranian security forces requires this step.” The work and occupation of the German embassy in Tehran are not affected, they continue their work in the country.

Iran’s supreme religious leader Ali Khamenei recently described the protests as a “hybrid war” and also blamed “insidious and malicious European powers”.

The protests were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini. The vice squad arrested her for allegedly violating Islamic dress codes. The woman died in police custody in mid-September. Tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating against the Islamic Republic’s repressive policies and authoritarian course for almost seven weeks. According to human rights activists, more than 280 people were killed and more than 14,000 arrested.

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