Iran protests Western stance on mass protests over girl’s demise By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A police bike burns throughout a protest over the demise of Mahsa Amini, a girl who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s “morality police”, in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia Information Company) by way of REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran summoned the British and Norwegian ambassadors over what it known as interference and hostile media protection of the nationwide unrest triggered by the demise of a girl detained by morality police.

International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian additionally criticised U.S. assist for “rioters” – the label Tehran has used for a lot of who’ve joined the protests which have swept the nation, prompting a safety crackdown and curbs on web and telephones.

Demonstrations which erupted greater than every week in the past on the funeral of a 22-year-old Kurdish girl named Mahsa Amini, who died in detention after being arrested by police implementing the Islamic Republic’s strict restrictions on girls’s gown, have become the most important protests in years.

Clashes continued between safety forces and protesters in a number of northwestern areas, in line with sources within the cities of Tabriz, Urmia, Rasht and Hamedan. Activists stated there have been additionally protests in districts of the capital, Tehran.

A major academics union, in a press release posted on social media on Sunday, known as for academics and college students to stage the primary nationwide strike because the unrest started, on Monday and Wednesday.

It urged academics, commerce unions, navy veterans and artists to “stand with pupils, college students and other people in search of justice in these tough however hopeful days”.

Particulars of casualties have trickled out slowly, partly due to the restrictions on communication.

The sister of a 20-year-old girl recognized as Hadis Najafi advised a U.S.-based activist that she died on Wednesday after being shot by safety forces. Movies of Najafi had been shared on Twitter (NYSE:), exhibiting her with out hijab and protesting in Karaj, 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Tehran.

European Union international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated Iran ought to “instantly cease the violent crackdown on protests and guarantee web entry”. He additionally known as for info on the variety of individuals killed and arrested, and an investigation into “the killing of Mahsa Amini”.

President Ebrahim Raisi has stated Iran ensures freedom of expression and that he has ordered an investigation into Amini’s demise. He additionally stated that “acts of chaos” have been unacceptable and that Iran should deal decisively with the unrest. On the United Nations, he stated in depth protection of Amini’s case was “double requirements”, pointing to deaths in U.S. police custody.


Amirabdollahian stated america was supporting ‘rioters’ and in search of to destabilise Iran, a stance he stated contradicted American requires stability within the area and for a nuclear cope with Tehran.

Iran’s International Ministry summoned Britain’s ambassador in response to the “hostile character” of London-based Persian language media. Britain’s international ministry stated it championed media freedom and condemned Iran’s “crackdown on protesters, journalists and web freedom”.

Norway’s envoy was additionally summoned to elucidate the “interventionist stance” of its parliament speaker Masud Gharahkhani, who has expressed assist for the protesters.

Gharahkhani, who was born in Tehran, continued to talk out on Sunday, writing on Twitter: “If my mother and father had not made the selection to flee in 1987, I’d have been a kind of combating within the streets with my life on the road.”

Amini’s demise has reignited anger in Iran over points together with restrictions on private freedoms, the strict gown codes for girls and an economic system reeling from sanctions.

Ladies have performed a distinguished position within the protests, waving and burning their veils. Some have publicly lower their hair as livid crowds known as for the downfall of Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The protests are the biggest to comb the nation since demonstrations over gasoline costs in 2019, when Reuters reported 1,500 individuals have been killed in a crackdown on protesters – the bloodiest bout of inside unrest within the Islamic Republic’s historical past.


Iranian Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi known as on activists and artists world wide to assist the protesters, who he stated have been “in search of easy and but elementary rights that the state has denied them for years”.

“I deeply respect their battle for freedom and the precise to decide on their very own future regardless of all of the brutality they’re subjected to,” Farhadi stated in a publish on Instagram.

Iran’s state tv stated 41 individuals have been killed because the protests broke out following Amini’s demise on Sept 16. The semi-official Mehr information company stated on Sunday eight members of the Basij, a militia below the umbrella of the Revolutionary Guards, have been among the many useless.

State media stated 12 financial institution branches have been destroyed within the unrest in latest days, and 219 ATMs have been broken.

The Iranian human rights group Hengaw posted a video on Twitter purportedly exhibiting protests late on Sunday in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan province, with chants of “Demise to Khamenei”.

Activist Twitter account 1500tasvir posted movies it stated confirmed protests on Sunday in western and jap districts of Tehran. In a single a protester might be heard saying: “They (safety forces) will not get the higher of us. Individuals, I urge you to affix us”. Reuters couldn’t confirm the footage.

Iranian tv confirmed hundreds of individuals rallying in Tehran on Sunday in assist of authorities and chanting slogans towards america and opposition teams they accused of insulting the Koran.

“Sedition is the reason for riots and is directed by America,” they chanted.

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