Outrage over alleged ban on Austrian FM to demonstrate against talks with Iran – .

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Outrage over alleged ban on Austrian FM to demonstrate against talks with Iran – .



Iranian dissidents claim Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg ordered Vienna police to ban Iranian dissidents from protesting nuclear talks with Islamic Republic of Iran near the Grand Hotel in Vienna where negotiations are taking place .

In a Wednesday Skype conversation with Jerusalem postVienna-based Iranian dissident Atusa Sabagh, who is part of the protest, said police in Vienna told protesters the foreign minister said they “are not allowed to demonstrate.”
Sabagh said the protesters told police “we will not accept this”. She said police asked the protesters to hire a lawyer.

Sabagh said there were protests every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. When asked if she could protest the nuclear talks as a single individual with a poster, the police said no.

The nuclear talks aim to bring the Iranian regime into line with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers. The deal provides for temporary restrictions on the Iranian regime’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon device in return for economic sanctions relief.

The United States withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 because U.S. officials said it did not stop Tehran from developing the world’s deadliest weapons. The United States is also negotiating their return to the pact.

The Post obtained a copy of the police order banning the protest by Iranian dissidents entitled “Stop the dictator in Iran”.

According to the rationale for the ban by the police, the JCPOA talks were “significantly disrupted” by the noise.

The police document read: “Extract from an opinion of the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs of 11.06.2021 the noise caused, among other things, negatively affects the conference process” of the JCPOA talks.

Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriele Juen told the Post: “As the host country for negotiations to preserve the JCPOA, we are responsible for the safety of participants, also taking into account our obligations under of international law. Austria wants to guarantee a suitable and above all secure environment to facilitate the success of these talks to put an end to this international conflict.

“At the request of many participants in the negotiations, the holding of demonstrations in the immediate vicinity of the site was assessed in view of the safety of the participants and the noise generated. “

She added that “the security implications of the upcoming elections in Iran have also been taken into account.

“As a result of this evaluation, an alternative venue was offered to the organizers of the events, who rejected this proposal. In recent days, demonstrations have nevertheless taken place at the alternative location.

“The claim that this infringes on freedom of expression or assembly therefore simply does not reflect reality. Freedom of expression and assembly are rights protected by the constitution of the Republic of Austria, which are of course respected by the Austrian authorities.

Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary General / Political Director of the European External Action Service for the EU, tweeted: “I will make a public statement on the attitude of the Austrian police at 7pm at the door of the Grand Hotel. It is not known what his public statement said.

Mora’s response sparked outrage on social media. Sabagh tweeted: “The behavior of @enriquemora_ as a facilitator of the Iranian regime in violating Article 11, ECHR rights of protesters in Vienna is unacceptable and deserves the most severe censorship. Please urgently raise this in the European Parliament as a formal impeachment vote # enriquemora_Gate. Twitter was abuzz with complaints about the ban on Iranian dissidents.

The police document states that the authorities regard a “successful completion of the talks” as a “contribution to the settlement of an international conflict”. The report added that a “massive and continued disruption of the talks through the ongoing protests” is a “concrete danger of a collapse” of the talks and cannot be in the interest of the international community and the Republic of Austria.

Iranian dissidents and critics of the JCPOA say the deal is fatally flawed because it ignores the Iranian regime’s horrific human rights records, the violent crackdown on Iranians, Tehran’s sponsorship of international terrorism. The planned deal, critics argue, does not seek to restrict the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program. The United States government, under both Democratic and Republican administration, has ranked the Iranian regime as the world’s worst terrorist sponsor state.

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