06/21/2016 Brussels

 

Iran’s official IRNA news agency on Sunday quoted Iranian Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani as saying:

♣ Europeans and westerners who have travelled to Iran say that they feel safer in Tehran than Paris.

♣ Due to Iranian people’s participation in establishment of security and the blood of martyrs, Iran is safer than European states.

♣ There is much experience with Iran’s security and police apparatuses regarding all types of war, and foreign and western countries eagerly ask Iran to share its experience with them and they feel safer in Tehran than Paris.

In your opinion, which city is a safer place to live: Tehran or Paris?

A review of Paris security situation over the past few months:

Nov. 13, 2015: Deadly Attacks in Paris: At least 127 people were killed and others injured in shootings and explosions that rocked the Paris area . A blast at a stadium forced the evacuation of the French president.

Nov. 14, 2015: ISIS Claims Responsibility, Calling Paris Attacks ‘First of the Storm’: The statement was issued online in Arabic, French and English and distributed via supporters on Twitter, according to a group that tracks jihadist propaganda.

Nov. 16, 2015: France Says Attack Was Planned Abroad: France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the attacks in Paris had been planned abroad. His Belgian counterpart, Jan Jambon, said fewer citizens were traveling to Syria this year.

Nov. 16, 2015: France Prepares for More Attacks: Prime Minister Manuel Valls of France said that he expected more terrorist attacks in France.

Nov. 17, 2015: Fierce Security for France vs. England: Heavily armed police patrolled Wembley Stadium in London ahead of Tuesday’s friendly soccer match between England and France just days after attacks outside France’s national stadium and around Paris.

Nov. 18, 2015: Gunfire and Explosions in Paris Raid: Sounds of explosions interrupted a live television broadcast in France of a police standoff in St.-Denis, a suburb north of Paris, on Wednesday morning.

Nov. 19, 2015: French Premier Warns of Chemical Attacks: Manuel Valls, the prime minister of France, said the country should be wary of a biological or chemical attack and asked parliament to extend the state of emergency for three months.

Dec. 02, 2015: France Shuts Down Three Mosques and Four Muslim Prayer Rooms: The interior minister told the National Assembly that the state of emergency made the action necessary, but there are political overtones.

Jan. 28, 2016: Armed Man Arrested at Disneyland Paris: A 28-year-old man carrying two guns, ammunition and a Quran was arrested at a hotel in Disneyland Paris, adding to security fears in France.

The government is aiming to bolster security before the country hosts the European Championship soccer tournament and the Tour de France this summer.

The extension, the third since the attacks in and around Paris on Nov. 13, will cover two major sporting events this summer, including the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.

May 20, 2016: Security Tightened in Paris for French Open: The administration at the French Open and the city of Paris, still wary after last year’s terrorist attacks, has increased security to reassure players and fans.

June 8, 2016: Bracing for Terrorism: How France Is Preparing for Euro 2016: With 51 games in 10 cities over the next month, France’s security forces fear that the tournament could provide a number of targets for terrorist groups.

Tehran from the standpoint of Western and foreign travelers:

Alex on Jun 01, 2014: I lived for six year in Tehran. Never observed any crime. But city is very crowded and drivers are not very calm in hot days. People are really friendly and helpful to foreigners.

A Tourist on Sep 05, 2014 : The whole city is very safe, but of course you should be aware of pick pockets.  You probably will not be witness for any criminality, or any fighting. The people are very busy, the city is very big, and traffic jam specially in the center part towards south does not allow people to get involved with any long argument or quarrel. You may see some shouting, but those are nothing.  At the center part of Tehran (Ferdousi street) you can exchange your money to local currency at the best rates. Try only money changers in the shops. Shop money changers do not speak English very well, but be sure they are very helpful, and they do not cheat.

Abrar on Sep 19, 2014 : Tehran is very good and busy city. People are very friendly and helpful.

Damon on Feb 10, 2015 : I am sure that Tehran is one of the safest cities in the world. Crimes are in everywhere in the world. but these results are not true.

Mohsen Taghavi on May 18, 2015 : I live in Tehran and travels many to other countries. Iranian are friendly , Tehran is a safe place and as general people like the foreigners. Surely, you should take care of your pocket as other places in the world ( is not so in small cities) such as Rome , Chicago etc . North part of Tehran is clean and greenish , noise level is high , bad traffic ,mostly polluted weather ,main streets are mostly crowded (people & cars , except 23 to 5 AM),nice mountain in the north of Tehran(about 5 months snowiest)

Peter on Dec 07, 2015 : Tehran is much safer than the majority US cities, but the owner of media think it is not a good news for them for their political credit scoring

John on Apr 11, 2016 : Hi, I am john, I lived in tehran and other citys in iran and they are the most beautiful places you seein your entire life its all lies that iran is very islamic and thing like that but ive seen how beatifull the pepole are and i love it there so i think other countris should respect iran and work with this absolout perfect country and you should defenetly visit Iran.

 

  • This study originally appeared on Real Iran
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