Protests in Iran: Tehran attacks celebrities and journalists

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Iran protests: Tehran attacks celebrities and journalists

Demonstrations of solidarity with Iranian women have taken place all over the world, such as here in Istanbul, Turkey. These protests follow the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the morality police in Tehran and died on September 16.

Tehran stepped up pressure on celebrities and journalists in Iran on Thursday, the scene of a wave of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini days after the young woman was arrested by vice squads. /p>

Filmmakers, athletes, musicians and actors have expressed solidarity with protesters, including the national soccer team whose players wore black tracksuits during protests. hymns performed before a match in Vienna against Senegal.

We will go after the celebrities who blew on the embers of the riots, said the governor of the province of Tehran, Mohsen Mansouri, quoted Thursday by the news agency Isna, repeating the term used by the authorities to designate protests.

The protest movement, the largest since 2019, was sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, three days after her death. arrest by the vice squad.

He was accused of having violated the strict dress code of Iran which in particular obliges women to wear the Islamic veil.

The head of the Iranian justice, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, also pointed the finger at celebrities: Those who rose to fame through the support of the system, during hard days, joined the enemy instead of being with the people. All must know that they must repay the material and spiritual damage caused to the people and the country, he said.

For his part, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned that despite the pain and grief caused by Amini's death, public security was the red line of the Islamic Republic, and no one was allowed to break the law and cause mayhem.

On Thursday, a journalist who had covered Mahsa Amini's funeral was arrested, her lawyer said. The arrest came after the arrest of Shargh daily journalist Nilufar Hamedi, who went to the hospital where Mahsa Amini was in a coma and helped publicize the incident. #x27;case.

According to the Iranian news agency Fars, around 60 people have been killed since the protests began on September 16, while the NGO Iran Human Rights, based in Oslo, reported a death toll of at least 76.

Blaming the protests on outside forces, Iran on Wednesday carried out cross-border missile and drone strikes that killed 13 people in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, accusing armed opposition groups based in the region of #x27;fueling the unrest.

On Thursday, Iran summoned the French charge d'affaires, denouncing Paris' interference in its internal affairs after the condemnation by Paris of the violent repression of the demonstrations.

Protests in solidarity with Iranian women have taken place around the world, with rallies planned in 70 cities on Saturday.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban broke up a rally outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul on Thursday. Afghan women had gathered there to support the Iranian demonstrators, whose struggle they say they share. Taliban forces fired into the air and attempted to hit the protesters with rifle butts, according to AFP journalists.

In Norway, two people were lightly injured and around 90 arrested in clashes during a protest near the Iranian embassy in Oslo on Thursday, police said.

In a statement to the Fars news agency, intelligence agents of the Revolutionary Guards, Iran's ideological army, said they had arrested 50 members of an organized network in the origin of the riots in the Shia holy city of Qom.

For its part, Amnesty International has criticized the widespread practices of unlawful use of force and the ruthless violence of the forces security in Iran.

The NGO cited the use of live ammunition and metal balls, beatings and sexual violence against of women, all under the guise of continued and deliberate internet and mobile phone disruptions.

Dozens of people including children were killed until ;now and hundreds injured, said Agn├Ęs Callamard, secretary general of the London-based NGO.

In this con text, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock tweeted that her country is calling for European Union sanctions against those in Iran who beat women to death and gun down protesters in the name of religion.

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