The Mayor of Tehran, Pirouz Hanachi, was received in Berlin with protests by Iranian regime supporters demonstrating against his visit to the German capital, according to the official website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
A demonstration was held by close to 100 members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran outside the entrance of the Red Town Hall, the building of the Berlin state government, where the mullah-appointed Tehran Mayor was supposed to be welcomed.
According to the NCRI, the Iranian mayor was taken away from the protest crowds to the municipality's back entrance and garage to give him physical protection.
The head of the office of the Prime Minister of the Berlin state government said there would be no red carpet for Hanachi and he would not be signing the Golden Book of Berlin.
German and foreign public figures criticised Hanachi’s visit and denounced the Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller for meeting his Iranian counterpart.
The head of the Christian Democratic Union group in the Berlin parliament, Burkard Dregger, described the invitation as intolerable and called for its cancellation. Kai Wegner, head of the CDU Party in Berlin said Muller must not appear in any photo-op with Hanachi and must cancel the meeting altogether. The United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said the Revolutionary Guards-affiliated Mayor of Tehran belongs on the US and European sanctions lists, not on the VIP stand in Berlin.
The protesters denounced the presence of the representative of the terrorist mullahs' regime in Berlin as a "political disgrace" and called for an end to the policy of appeasing the regime. They reiterated that welcoming the mullah-appointed Mayor in Berlin is a regretful sign of the European Union and Germany's failed Iran policy. This policy is banking on the corrupt mullahs instead of the millions of Iranian citizens who strive for an end to the religious dictatorship in Iran.