Death of Mahsa Amini: Iranian authorities threaten protesters

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Death of Mahsa Amini: Iranian authorities threaten protesters

The Protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, detained by morality police, have left more than 40 dead.

President Ebrahim Raisi has called on the police to act “firmly” against protesters in Iran, after 9 days of protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of vice police, in which more than 40 people died.

The head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, for his part, insisted on the need to act without any leniency towards the instigators of the riots, reported the website Mizan Online.

Abroad, demonstrations supporting the movement in Iran took place in several countries on Saturday: in Canada, the United States, Chile, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Iraq, countries neighbor of Iran.

The protests were sparked on September 16, the day Mahsa Amini died, arrested in Tehran three days earlier for wearing improper clothing, in a country with a strict dress code for women.

These demonstrations are the largest since those of November 2019, caused by the rise in gasoline prices in the midst of the economic crisis, which had affected a hundred cities in Iran and were severely repressed (230 dead according to a official record, more than 300 according to Amnesty International).

Authorities deny any involvement in the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Kurdistan region. However, since his death, angry Iranians have taken to the streets every day at nightfall to demonstrate.

The portrait of Mahsa Amini.

Describing the protests as riots, Raisi, an ultra-conservative, on Saturday called on relevant authorities to act firmly against those who undermine the security and peace of the country and the people.

The Foreign Ministry in Tehran has implicated the United States, Iran's sworn enemy, in the unrest.

On Sunday, he summoned the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and Norway separately: the former to protest against the hosting of television stations which incite riots in Iran, and the latter to denounce the interference of the head of the Norwegian parliament in Iranian affairs.

After arresting more than 700 people since protests began, Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi has called for legal action the main authors and leaders of the riots.

According to the non-detailed official Iranian toll including demonstrators and law enforcement, 41 people were killed in 9 days of protests.

But the toll could be higher, the& #x27;Iran Human Rights NGO based in Oslo reporting at least 54 protesters killed.

In several Iranian cities, demonstrators clashed with security forces, burned police vehicles and chanted anti-government slogans.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists ( CPJ), based in the United States, 17 journalists have been arrested in Iran since the protests began.

As two days ago, a pro-government protest is also planned Sunday afternoon in Tehran, at the call of the authorities.

On Saturday evening, protests continued to affect several cities in Iran, including the capital, Tehran, where a viral video showed a woman walking with her head uncovered and waving her veil in the middle of the street.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, women must cover their hair and body to below the knees and must not wear tight pants or jeans with holes, etc.

Viral footage of protests in recent days has shown Iranian women burning their headscarves.

The Islamic Iran People's Union Reform Party called on the state to rescind the veil requirement and release those arrested.

Protests are marked by clashes with security forces and anti-government slogans, according to media and activists.

For several days, online videos have shown scenes of violence in Tehran and other major cities such as Tabriz (northwest). On some, we see the security forces shooting in the direction of the demonstrators.

Veiled women.

Amnesty International accuses security forces of deliberately firing […] live ammunition at protesters, calling for urgent international action to end the crackdown.

Internet connections are still disrupted on Sunday, with WhatsApp and Instagram blocked. NetBlocks, a London-based site that monitors internet blockages around the world, also reported on Skype.

In a new Instagram post, the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, two-time Oscar winner, urged the people of the world to stand in solidarity with the protesters in Iran and hailed the brave women leading the protests to demand their rights.

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