Iran Strikes: Protests Enter Sixth Week

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Iranian women demonstrated in protest following the death of young Mahsa Amini.

Traders and workers in several cities across Iran staged strikes on Saturday amid protests sparked more than a month ago by the death of young Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini after her arrest, organizations say. non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Mahsa Amini, 22, died three days after she was arrested in Tehran by morality police, who accused her of breaking the code strict dress of the Islamic Republic, where the veil is compulsory for all women in public spaces.

The crackdown on protests, the largest in Iran since 2019 over fuel price hikes, has left at least 122 people dead, including children, according to Iran Human Rights (IHR). , based in Oslo.

Iranian women, many bareheaded, have been at the forefront of the protest movement, chanting slogans against power and confronting the forces of security.

New protests took place on Saturday but it is difficult to assess the scale of them due to internet access restrictions imposed by the authorities. These demonstrations were accompanied by strikes.

In Berlin, a crowd of demonstrators gathered to protest against the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran.

The online media 1500tasvir reported strikes […] organized in towns including Sanandaj, Bukan and Saqez. The latter is the hometown of Masha Amini.

The rights group Hengaw, based in Norway, also spoke of shopkeepers on strike in these same towns as well as ;in Marivan.

In Tabriz, capital of East Azerbaijan province, dozens of workers gathered outside a chocolate factory, according to ;other videos that could not be immediately verified by AFP.

Students protested at several universities across the country, 1500tasvir said, citing Yazd Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Tehran University, Allameh Tabatabai University in the east from the capital, the Razi University in Kermanshah as well as those of Hamedan, Ahvaz and Yasouj.

Dozens of students cheered and sang during a protest at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, according to a video tweeted Saturday by 1500tasvir.

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">In London, people protested the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran.

A teachers' union called for a nationwide strike across the country on Sunday and Monday to denounce the crackdown, which Amnesty International says has claimed the lives of at least 23 children.

In a statement, the Coordinating Council of Teachers' Unions said the sit-in would be a response to the systematic oppression carried out by security forces in schools. He named four teenagers he believed killed in the crackdown – Nika Shahkarami and Sarina Esmailzadeh, Abolfazl Adinezadeh and Asra Panahi – and reported the arrest of scores of teachers.

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Activists meanwhile accused Iranian authorities of waging a campaign of mass arrests and travel bans, with the list including athletes, journalists, lawyers and celebrities.

Authorities, who see riots in most protests, downplay their significance and blame them on enemies of the Islamic Republic like the United States.

On Saturday, Deputy Interior Minister Majid Mirahmadi admitted the existence of gatherings at universities but with fewer and fewer people. The riots are in their last days, he assured, quoted by the official IRNA agency.

On Friday, the Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabi, who, according to London-based BBC Persian and Iran International channels were placed under house arrest upon returning from South Korea, thanked their supporters on Instagram.

Athlete Elnaz Rekabi upon his arrival at Tehran airport on Wednesday. According to London-based BBC Persian and Iran International, she was placed under house arrest on Friday.

The 33-year-old sportswoman was greeted at Tehran airport on Wednesday by a crowd of supporters. She had participated in a rock climbing competition in Seoul with only a bandana on her head, which was interpreted as a gesture of solidarity with protesters in Iran.

Des Overseas-based human rights organizations have expressed concern for the fate of the young woman, who claimed her headscarf slipped off by mistake and issued an apology.

Abroad, rallies in solidarity with protesters in Iran also continued with demonstrations in Tokyo and Berlin, where thousands marched.

La international community has condemned the crackdown and several countries as well as the European Union have imposed sanctions on Iranian organizations and leaders.

Saturday, the head of Iranian diplomacy , Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has accused Washington of instrumentalizing the protests to secure concessions in negotiations launched more than a year ago to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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