The protests in Iran have not stopped since the death of the young Kurd Mahsa Amini in September. Fierce criticism of the leadership in Tehran is now coming from Germany's ex-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. The Greens politician demands that people deserve a change.
When asked whether the protests would bring about a change, Fischer replied: "I hope so, because people deserve it. Young people, women and girls in particular are fighting a daily battle on the streets and are risking their lives and health , Prison and Torture."
Fischer defended the longstanding efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, which he had helped initiate while he was foreign minister. "Nuclear weapons in Iranian hands would mean war in the region because I cannot imagine that Israel would accept this existential threat," said the Green politician. "That's why it was right to try to at least slow down the mullahs' grab for the bomb in a controlled manner. But what we're seeing now is a popular uprising, not just in Tehran, but also on the periphery."