The Band Raising its Voice Against the Government A Report by Markus Reichert
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has been criticized for pouring tea for his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and for saying there was nothing wrong with reinforcing Turkish tanks, despite human rights abuses.
The anti-government protests in Iran and Tehran's reactions are being watched with great concern in the West. But what do major regional players make of the events there?
Protesters in Tehran have clashed with police, while authorities were reported to have shot two people in a western Iranian town. Earlier, hard-liners held their own rallies in support of the religious establishment.
Three people have been killed and 80 injured as protests over austerity and unpaid salaries intensify. The Kurdistan Regional Government is under increasing pressure amid heightened tensions with Baghdad.
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