In Iran, state television hacked with an image of the Supreme Leader on fire

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In Iran, state television hacked with an image of the Supreme Leader on fire

A portrait of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The guide faces popular protests at home and abroad, demanding rights and freedoms for women.

A group supporting the protest in Iran, triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, succeeded in hacking a state television channel by broadcasting an image of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei surrounded by flames in full television news.

Iran has been rocked by protests since the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, who died three days after she was arrested by police in the manners in Tehran for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic's strict dress code for women, including the wearing of the veil.

The Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported at least 95 deaths in the crackdown on protests since September 16. According to a latest Iranian report given at the end of September, around 60 people were killed, including around ten police officers.

The blood of our youth is dripping from your fingers, says an on-screen message during the Saturday night broadcast of the state television news. It accompanies a manipulated photo of Ali Khamenei, his body surrounded by flames and his head in a viewfinder.

It's time to put your furniture away […] and find you another place to settle your family outside of Iran, can we read on another message accompanying the photo.

The cyberattack, which lasted seconds, was claimed by a group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Ali's Justice) which supports the protest movement, the largest in Iran since protests against rising gasoline prices in 2019.

Several foreign-based media outlets broadcasting in Persian shared a video showing the cyberattack. At the end of the video, the newscaster can be seen looking tense, his eyes fixed on the camera.

In Iran, the news agency Tasnim confirmed that state television was hacked for a few moments by anti-revolutionary agents.

On Saturday evening, as the movement entered its fourth week, protests took place in several cities across the country, including Tehran. And solidarity rallies have continued abroad.

According to Iranian analyst Omid Memarian, a video showed protesters in Tehran chanting Death to the Dictator.

The death of Mahsa Amini sparked a series of violent protests in major cities in Iran, including the capital Tehran.

Elsewhere, schoolgirls chanted Woman, Life, Freedom in Saqez, hometown of Mahsa Amini in the province of Kurdistan (north-west), and marched waving their headscarves above their heads, a said Norway-based human rights NGO Hengaw.

According to online footage verified by AFP, a large banner placed on an overpass of the Modares highway running through central Tehran reads: We are no longer afraid. We will fight.

On Saturday evening, two members of the security forces were killed during the demonstrations, one in Tehran by an armed mob and the other in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan, according to the official Irna agency.

The agency confirmed protests in various cities, where demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at mosques, centers of Bassidji, paramilitary militia, and offices of Imams of Prayer.

< p class="e-p">In Tehran, police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, she said, adding that protesters had chanted slogans and set fire to and damaged public property, including a police station and garbage cans.

On Friday, Iranian authorities claimed that Mahsa Amini died of illness, not “beatings”.

Mahsa Amini had been arrested for wearing the veil “inappropriately“, according to the country's authorities.

But the young woman's father, Amjad Amini, who claimed his daughter was in good health before her arrest, dismissed the medical report in an interview with Iran International, a London-based Persian-language television channel.

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I saw with my own eyes that blood had flowed from Mahsa's ears and neck, he said.

Activists and NGOs claimed she suffered a head injury while in detention.

Iran accuses foreign countries to stir up protests, including the United States, its sworn enemy.

Furthermore, the IHR, citing the NGO Baluch Activists Campaign, has gave a new death toll of 90 in the repression of demonstrations last week in Zahedan in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan (southeast), which are not linked to the death of Mahsa Amini.

NGOs say the protests were sparked after police officers raped a teenage girl.

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