© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A police motorbike burns throughout a protest over the dying of Mahsa Amini, a lady 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) -State-organised demonstrations to counter nationwide anti-government protests triggered by the dying of a lady in police custody kicked off in a number of Iranian cities on Friday, with marchers calling for the execution of rioters.
Demonstrators condemned the anti-government protesters as “Israel’s troopers”, reside state tv protection confirmed. Additionally they shouted “Loss of life to America” and “Loss of life to Israel”, frequent slogans the nation’s clerical rulers use to try to fire up assist for authorities.
“Offenders of the Koran should be executed,” the crowds chanted.
Iranians have staged mass demonstrations over the case of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died final week after being arrested by the morality police for sporting “unsuitable apparel”.
Amini’s dying has reignited anger over points together with restrictions on private freedoms in Iran, strict gown codes for girls and an economic system reeling from sanctions.
Iran’s military on Friday despatched the hardest warning but from the authorities to protesters enraged by the dying, saying they might “confront the enemies” to make sure safety.
The military mentioned “these determined actions are a part of the evil technique of the enemy to weaken the Islamic regime”.
The army mentioned it could “confront the enemies’ varied plots in an effort to guarantee safety and peace for the people who find themselves being unjustly assaulted.”
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi additionally on Friday warned “seditionists” that their “dream of defeating non secular values and the good achievements of the revolution won’t ever be realized,” based on the AsrIran web site.
Iran’s clerical rulers worry a revival of the protests that erupted in 2019 over gasoline value rises, the bloodiest within the Islamic Republic’s historical past. Reuters reported 1,500 individuals had been killed.
Within the newest unrest, protesters in Tehran and different cities torched police stations and autos as outrage over Amini’s dying confirmed no indicators of abating, with stories of safety forces coming beneath assault.
Iranian media reported the arrest of 288 rioters on Thursday.
In Madrid, 4 topless activists from the Femen ladies’s motion protested on Friday in entrance of the Iranian embassy over Amini’s dying, carrying indicators studying “Girls, Life, Liberty” and “Mahsa Amini was assassinated”.
The protest befell peacefully and there have been no arrests.
In Athens, indignant protesters demonstrating over Amini’s dying tried to strategy the Iranian embassy on Thursday earlier than being pressured again by police wielding shields. Demonstrators chanted slogans and held placards studying “Homophobia and sexism kill.”
Protests over Amini’s dying had been additionally held in Canada and the Netherlands on Thursday.