- Protests show no sign of easing amid strong state warnings
- University students clash with security forces
- Journalists demand release of imprisoned colleagues
- Rights group reports arrest of student activist
DUBAI: Demonstrations in Iran reached a violent stage on Sunday as students who defied the Revolutionary Guards’ deadline and the president’s warning were met with tear gas and gunfire from forces. Video security, social media. Shown.
Dozens of university confrontations have sparked the threat of a crackdown in the seventh week of protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by the ethics police for Dressing considered inappropriate.
“Security is the red line of the Islamic Republic and we will not allow the enemy to carry out any of its plans to destroy this precious national treasure,” President Ebrahim Raisi was quoted as saying by state media.
Iranians from all walks of life have taken to the streets since Amini’s death in protests that clerks said were endangering the security of the Islamic Republic.
Authorities have accused Iran’s Islamic enemies, the United States and Israel, and their local agents of being behind the unrest. Stabilize the country.
It all started when anger over Amini’s death on September 16 escalated into one of the most difficult challenges facing cleric leaders since the 1979 revolution, with some protesters calling for his death. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The top commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards told protesters that Saturday would be their last day on the streets, the most stern warning by Iranian authorities.
However, a video on social media that could not be verified by Reuters showed the confrontation between students and riot police and Basij forces on Sunday at universities across Iran.
A video shows members of the Basij forces firing at a protesting student at a branch of the Azad University in Tehran. Gunfire was also heard in a video shared by human rights group HENGAW from protests at the Kurdistan University in Sanandaj.
Video from universities in several other cities also showed Basij forces opening fire on students.
Across the country, security forces tried to block students inside university buildings by firing tear gas and beating protesters with sticks. The seemingly unarmed student pushed back with some prayers that “Basij’s honor was lost” and ” Died to Khamenei “.
History of crackdowns
Social media has reported the arrests of at least dozens of doctors, journalists and artists since Saturday. Activists’ HRANA news agency said 283 protesters had been killed in unrest as of Saturday, including 44 minors. About 34 members of the security forces were also killed.
It said more than 14,000 people had been arrested, including 253 students in protests in 132 cities and towns and 122 universities.
The Guards and their associated Basij forces have suppressed dissatisfaction in the past. They said on Sunday that “insurgents” were insulting them in universities and on the streets and warned that they would use more force if anti-government unrest continued.
The head of the Revolutionary Guards in Khorasan Junubi province, Major General Mohammadreza Mahdavi, was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency as saying that “so far Basijis has shown patience and they have been patient.”
“But it will be out of our control if the situation continues.”
More than 300 Iranian journalists demanded the release of two jailed colleagues for their Amini news coverage in a statement released by Iran’s Etemad and other newspapers on Sunday.
Niloofar Hamedi photographed Amini’s parents hugging in Tehran Hospital, where their daughter was lying unconscious.
The image Hamedi posted on Twitter is the first sign to the world that all is not well with Amini, who was detained three days ago by Iran’s moral police for what they consider to be inappropriate clothing.
Elaheh Mohammadi covered Amini’s funeral in Saqez, Kurdish hometown, where the protests began. A joint statement issued by Iran’s intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards intelligence agency on Friday accused Hamedi and Mohammadi of being CIA agents.
Students and women played a key role in the unrest by burning their veils as crowds called for the fall of the Islamic Republic, which came to power in 1979.
The facility has no plans to withdraw from mandatory closure, but should be “smart” about implementation, an official said Sunday.
“The removal of the veil is against our law and the headquarters will not relinquish its position,” Ali Khanmohammadi, a spokesman for Iran’s headquarters for the promotion of virtue and protection, told Khabaronline.
“However, our actions should be prudent so that the enemy does not use excuses to use it against us.”
In a more concrete effort to avoid this situation, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said the right people should call for reforms and their demands would be met if they stayed away from “criminals”. Who walks the streets.
“We consider the protests not only justified and a cause for progress, but we also believe that these social movements will change policies and decisions, provided that they are separated from the violent, the criminal and the criminal,” he said. You are a separatist. ” Usually used for protesters.
Written by Michael Georgy and Parisa Hafezi; Edited by Nick Macfie, Philippa Fletcher, Angus MacSwan and Barbara Lewis
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