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Iran hints at deeper crackdown amid protests over woman’s death

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s military on Friday hinted that it was ready to deepen its crackdown on protests triggered by the death of a young woman who had been detained by the morality police.

For virtually every week, there have been working battles between demonstrators and safety forces in virtually 90 cities and cities. At least 26 folks have died in the course of the demonstrations, in response to Iranian state tv.

The navy stated it could “confront the enemies’ various plots in order to ensure security and peace for the people who are being unjustly assaulted,” government-aligned Tasnim News Agency reported, in response to Reuters.

Protesters may be heard chanting varied slogans in movies posted on social media. In one video uploaded on Twitter, a gaggle of demonstrators within the metropolis of Pakdasht shout, “Death to the dictator.” Another video reveals demonstrators chanting, “Women, life, freedom,” and, “I will kill, I will, whoever killed my sister.”

Headlines on Iranian newspapers over the death of young women killed in morality police arrest
An Iranian newspaper with a photograph of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after morality police arrested her for allegedly violating the federal government’s strict gown code.Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency through Getty Images

Anger over the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, presents the federal government with its worst disaster in many years, in response to Roham Alvandi, an affiliate professor of worldwide historical past at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

“These protests have rocked the very foundations of the Islamic Republic,” he stated.

“The message that a younger generation of Iranians is sending to their rulers and to the world is that the Islamic Republic is illegitimate in their eyes and they demand a secular democratic state that doesn’t interfere in their private lives,” he stated. 

The authorities has responded to demonstrations by blocking entry to the web and to the messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram — a tactic it has used up to now, similar to throughout protests in November 2019. Amnesty International stated at least 300 folks have been killed in the course of the crackdown that adopted that unrest.

Some have warned the crackdown on the continuing demonstrations will doubtless intensify.

“I feel they are going to impose a harsh crackdown as soon as [President Ebrahim] Raisi is again from New York,” stated Ali Ansari, a professor of contemporary Middle Eastern historical past at the University of St. Andrews, referring to the Iranian chief’s journey this week to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Iranian authorities, nevertheless, stated Amini died from a coronary heart assault and referred to as the incident “unfortunate.”

Police stated Amini died on Sept. 16 after falling ailing and slipping right into a coma days earlier as she waited with different ladies held by the morality police, who implement the Islamic Republic’s strict guidelines requiring ladies to cowl their hair and put on loose-fitting garments in public.

Raisi has ordered an investigation into Amini’s death and has expressed condolences to her father in a telephone name, in response to Iranian state media.

Still, Raisi has remained steadfast in his public protection of safety forces attempting to quell the protests. Speaking at a information convention on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York on Thursday, Raisi stated, “There is freedom of expression in Iran … but acts of chaos are unacceptable.”

Raisi has additionally confirmed different indicators of his intention of constructing a press release out of girls’s clothes.

While in New York, Raisi was scheduled to be interviewed by CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour. But Amanpour stated she backed out after considered one of Raisi’s aides stated it could not occur except she wore a scarf.

Image: Ebrahim Raisi
President Ebrahim Raisi at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images

Amanpour, CNN’s chief worldwide anchor, stated she deliberate to ask Raisi concerning the protests which have swept throughout Iran.

In a Twitter thread, Amanpour chronicled how her scheduled interview with Raisi on Wednesday evening fell aside, characterizing the request as an “unprecedented and unexpected condition.”

“I politely declined,” Amanpour wrote. “We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves.”

NBC News couldn’t instantly attain Raisi’s workplace for remark as a result of the president’s workplace is closed till Saturday.

NBC News couldn’t instantly attain Raisi’s workplace for remark as a result of the president’s workplace is closed till Saturday.

On Thursday, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police, accusing it of abusing Iranian ladies and holding the unit answerable for Amini’s death.

“Iranians are literally risking their lives calling for social and political change,” stated Jasmin Ramsey, deputy director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a nongovernmental group headquartered in New York.

Ramsey stated Amini’s father risked imprisonment by talking to an Iranian media outlet and disputing the federal government’s model of occasions surrounding his daughter’s death.

“They said Mahsa had heart disease and epilepsy but as the father who raised her for 22 years, I say loudly that Mahsa did not have any illness. She was in perfect health,” Amini’s father instructed an Iranian information outlet.

Ali Arouzi reported from Tehran, Hyder Abbasi reported from London and Rhoda Kwan from Taipei.

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