EU urges Iran regime to guarantee right of protest

BRUSSELS —The European Union has urged Iran to guarantee the right to protest as demonstrations against the regime continue in the country and the authorities have moved to crack down.

“We have been in touch with the Iranian authorities and we expect that the right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression will be guaranteed,” a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

“We will continue to monitor developments,” the spokeswoman added.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s has vowed that the authoritirs would deal with “rioters and lawbreakers”.

The total death toll linked to the protests currently stands at 13. Authorities have confirmed more than 400 arrests since the outbreak of the unrest.