The Dutchman is said to have been part of a group of “nine foreigners” who were allegedly arrested during the protests.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Dutchman had already been recently arrested in Iran, but reports that he could not be contacted so far.
“The Dutch embassy in Tehran was contacted on September 27 by a person who reported the arrest of his friend in Iran. He reported that the (Dutch) friend had been detained since September 21,” the ministry said in a statement.
Iranians have taken to the streets in recent weeks after the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for violating Iran’s women’s dress code.
22-year-old Amini was said to have been assaulted and died as a result of police brutality.
The police are also cracking down on protests. Human rights groups say dozens have been killed and hundreds arrested.
The Dutch embassy in the Iranian capital wants to support the Dutch and provide consular assistance, but there is no response from the Iranian authorities. “Of course, we will continue to pressure Iran so that it continues to reach,” the ministry said in its response. “We are doing this in Iran and also through the Iranian ambassador in the Netherlands,” he added.
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