Despite the repression, protest persists in Iran

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Despite the repression, protest persists in Iran

Iranians demonstrate in Tehran, on October 8, 2022.

Student sit-in, workers' strike… The protest movement continued on Monday in several regions of #x27;Iran despite a deadly crackdown on protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini nearly four weeks ago.

After the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom on Monday announced sanctions against Iranian officials and the morality police accused of being responsible for the death of the 22-year-old Iranian Kurd.

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According to footage released on Monday by the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), sit-ins were staged by students at Gilan University, in the north of the country, and at the girls' school in Mahabad, also in the north, where schoolgirls took off their veils in protest.

In Tehran, a large crowd gathered in front of the Polytechnic University on Monday to denounce poverty and corruption in Iran, crying death to the dictatorship.

Iran has been rocked by protests since September 16, the day of the death of Mahsa Amini, who died three days after she was arrested by vice police in Tehran for allegedly breaking the strict dress code of the city. Islamic Republic for women, which notably provides for the wearing of the veil.

Mahsa Amini, aged 22 and from the Kurdistan region (north-west), was arrested September 13 in Tehran for wearing inappropriate clothes by the vice squad.

The IHR has reported at least 95 deaths in the crackdown on protesters since that date. According to a latest Iranian report, dozens of people died as well as 18 members of the security forces.

Students at Azad University in Tehran held up their hands covered in red paint on Sunday to protest the bloody crackdown on protests, video shows published on Twitter and verified by AFP.

According to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), rallies have taken place at other universities such as Amirkabir in Tehran.

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The protest movement rallied workers in the industrial sector on Monday. Videos shared by Persian-language media based outside Iran show workers burning tires outside the Asalouyeh petrochemical plant in the southeast of the country.

According to the IHR, other strikes were observed at factories in Abadan in the west and Kengan in the south.< /p>

The authorities denounce these demonstrations as riots and accuse foreign countries of inciting them, in particular the United States, a sworn enemy of the Iranian regime.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Spokesman Nasser Kanani said the government must protect the security of the nation and citizens, and cannot sit idly by in the face of chaos and disorder.

In Sanandaj, the provincial capital of Kurdistan, the region where Masha Amini was from, security forces used heavy weapons on Sunday evening, accused the defense NGO of Hengaw Human Rights.

They shelled residential areas and used machine guns in this city, the scene of some of the largest protests, the NGO added, citing information that could not be independently verified in the city. ;immediate.

The rallies in solidarity with the protest also continued abroad, such as Sunday in Paris.

According to NGOs, journalists, activists and artists have been arrested by Iranian authorities since the beginning of the movement.

Other personalities have seen their passports briefly confiscated, like Iranian football legend Ali Daei, second of the top scorers in the history of the selections.

On September 27, Ali Daei urged the authorities to solve the problems of the Iranian people rather than resorting to repression, violence and arrests.

The passports of the Singer Homayoun Shajarian and his wife, actress Sahar Dolatshahi and filmmaker Mehran Modiri were also seized, according to Iranian news agency Ilna.

Friday , Iranian authorities say Mahsa Amini died of illness, not beatings, according to a medical report.

The girl's father wife, Amjad Amini, dismissed the report saying her daughter was healthy before her arrest. Activists and NGOs claimed that she received a head injury while in detention.

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