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Protesters rally across Iran in third week of unrest over Amini’s death According to Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A police motorcycle catches fire during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the “moral police” of the Islamic republic, in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) – Campaigners rallied across Iran and strikes were reported across the country’s Kurdish region on Saturday as protests over the death of a woman were arrested. incarceration entered their third week.

The protests, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iran Kurdistan, have become the largest protest against Iran’s clerical government since 2019, with dozens of protests. people died in unrest across the country.

People protested in London and Paris and elsewhere on Saturday in solidarity with Iranian protesters, some holding pictures of Amini, who died three days after being arrested by the “religious police” of the Islamic Republic. The teacher was arrested for “inappropriate attire”.

In Iran, social media posts show protests in major cities including Tehran, Isfahan, Rasht and Shiraz.

In Tehran’s traditional Bazaar business district, anti-government protesters chanted “We will be killed one by one if we don’t unite”, while elsewhere they blocked a main road with a fence. torn from the central sanctuary, the widely shared video followed by the Twitter account (NYSE:) Tavsir1500 shows.

Students have also performed at many universities. At the University of Tehran, dozens of people have been detained, Tavsir1500 said. The semi-official Fars news agency said several protesters were arrested in a square near the university.

Tavsir1500 also posted what it said was a video shot at the gate of Isfahan University in which the footage could be heard. A separate video shows tear gas being fired at the university, dispersing a group of people.

Reuters could not verify the social media reports.

The protests began at Amini’s funeral on September 17 and spread to 31 Iranian provinces, with all walks of society, including ethnic and religious minorities, taking part. and many demanded the demise of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Amnesty International says a government crackdown on protests has so far resulted in the deaths of at least 52 people, with hundreds injured. Human rights groups say dozens of activists, students and artists have been detained.

In London, about 2,500 people staged a noisy protest in Trafalgar Square. Few of the women in the mostly Iranian crowd agreed to be interviewed on camera for fear of identification and retaliation by the authorities.

In central Paris, a crowd of several dozen gathered to show support for the Iranian protesters, holding Iranian flags and pictures of victims who were killed during the protests.

Iran’s battered currency hit historic lows in June as Iranians desperately bought dollars to protect their savings amid little hope of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. world nations will be revived and worry about the economic consequences of unrest.

The rial fell to 331,200 per US dollar, from 321,200 on Friday, according to forex website Bonbast.com. The coin plummeted to an all-time low of 332,000 per dollar on June 12.

ATTACK IN ZAHEDAN

Iranian authorities say many members of the security forces have been killed, accusing the United States of taking advantage of the volatile situation to try to destabilize Iran.

The Revolutionary Guards said four members of it and the Basij volunteer militia were killed Friday in attacks in Zahedan, the capital of the country’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

State television on Friday said 19 people, including members of the security forces, were killed in Zahedan after unidentified people opened fire on a police station, prompting security forces to shoot back.

Commander-in-Chief of the Guards Hossein Salami vowed revenge, calling those who died “the martyrs of Black Friday”.

A lawmaker from Zahedan said security had been restored to the city on Saturday, a semi-official news agency reported.

Authorities blamed a separatist group from the ethnic Baluchi minority for starting the shootings in Zahedan. State media said two prominent fighters with ties to that group had been killed.

IRNA posted a video showing destroyed cars, a trailer or bus overturned and on fire and fires at buildings and shops burning, describing it as footage of ” what the terrorists did to the people’s shop last night in Zahedan”.

Reuters could not verify the footage.

Protests have been particularly intense in the Kurdistan region of Iran, where authorities have previously tackled unrest caused by a Kurdish minority of 10 million people.

Fearing an ethnic uprising and a show of force, Iran fired missiles and flew drones to strike targets in the Kurdish region of neighboring northern Iraq this week after accusing forcing Kurdish dissidents in Iran to be involved in the unrest.

Shops and businesses went on strike in 20 northwestern cities and towns on Saturday to protest attacks on armed Kurdish opposition parties in Iraq, the Kurdish rights group Hengaw. news.

It also said security forces had fired on protesters in Dehgolan and Saqez, Amini’s hometown.

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