Iranian leaders hold meeting as protests enter fourth week | Protests News

Tehran, Iran – The leaders of three branches of energy in Iran held a gathering as protests that erupted throughout the nation over the demise of Mahsa Amini in police custody entered a fourth week.

President Ebrahim Raisi sat down with parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and judiciary chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei within the presidential constructing in Tehran late on Saturday to emphasize the necessity for “safety and calm” to maintain the nation’s economic system and other people’s livelihoods.

“In the mean time, the Iranian society wants unity amongst all teams no matter language, faith or ethnicity to beat hostility and division by Iran’s enemies,” a brief assertion revealed on the president’s web site mentioned.

The capital Tehran and cities throughout the nation noticed continued unrest on Saturday as web restrictions imposed a number of weeks in the past remained in place.Regardless of the restrictions, movies continued to flow into on social media on Sunday and – along with a number of main neighbourhoods throughout the capital – confirmed protests in Sanandaj, Isfahan, Karaj, Rasht and Shiraz amongst others.

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police", in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022.
A police bike burns throughout a protest over the demise of Mahsa Amini, a lady who died after being arrested by Iran’s ‘morality police’ in Tehran [File: West Asia News Agency via Reuters]

Iran’s state tv feed was hijacked by a hacker group for a number of seconds late on Saturday, with a name to protest and chanting of the prevalent “girl, life, freedom” slogan. Photos of Amini and three different younger girls whose deaths have made headlines in current weeks have been additionally displayed.

The state-run IRNA information web site confirmed that protests have been held in universities in Tehran, Arak, Zanjan, Hamedan, Mashhad, Bushehr, Gilan, Kerman and different cities, with some college students taking off their hijabs and chanting anti-establishment slogans.

Faculty college students have additionally featured prominently in movies circulating on social media in current days, with some ladies taking off their hijabs and chanting inside and outdoors colleges. All colleges and universities within the Kurdistan province, the place the 22-year-old Amini was from, have been shut down on Sunday after a number of cities noticed main protests.

Protests have been most intense in Sanandaj, the capital of the province, the place a grotesque video circulating on social media on Saturday confirmed the passenger of a automobile being gunned down in a metropolis avenue within the afternoon. Overseas-based media and a Kurdish rights group mentioned the younger man was killed by safety forces however a police official mentioned “anti-revolutionaries” killed him.

State media reported one member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in Sanandaj on Saturday. One member of the Basij paramilitary drive was additionally reported killed in Tehran. Dozens of protesters and safety forces are thought to have been killed with many extra arrested, however no official tally has been launched.

Iranian authorities have denounced the demonstrations as “riots” guided by international powers, and have organised a number of counter-demonstrations in help of the state throughout the nation. The IRGC has been pounding what it has known as positions held by “terrorist” separatist Kurdish teams in neighbouring Iraq’s northern components.

The drive on Saturday mentioned its artillery, missile and drone assaults – which it promised will proceed if the teams stay a menace – have killed 30 “terrorists” and wounded 200 others.

In the meantime, the demise of two teenage ladies has dominated the information in current days. Nika Shakarami died in Tehran after collaborating within the protests and going lacking for 10 days simply earlier than her seventeenth birthday. Sarina Esmailzadeh was additionally 16 when she died late final month in Karaj.

Overseas-based Persian-language media and rights teams have reported they have been each killed by safety forces in the course of the protests, however Iranian authorities claimed Shakarami died after falling from the roof of a constructing close to her dwelling whereas Esmailzadeh – a YouTuber and vlogger – killed herself by throwing herself off the roof of a household dwelling.

Iranian demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Tehran during a protest for Mahsa Amini on September 21, 2022, days after she died in police custody.
Iranian demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Tehran throughout a protest for Mahsa Amini [File: AFP]

Earlier this week, a report by the coroner’s workplace in Tehran on the demise of Amini created extra controversy because it mentioned the younger girl died due to a historical past of underlying sicknesses and never by any blows to the pinnacle or important organs.

Amini was arrested final month in Tehran by the so-called “morality police” for improper hijab, and pictures aired by state tv confirmed she collapsed in a police “re-education” centre after struggling an obvious coronary heart assault. She fell right into a coma and died three days later, on September 16, in a hospital.

Her household rejects authorities’ claims that she was not overwhelmed and suffered from pre-existing circumstances, and known as for their very own trusted specialists to guage her post-mortem stories.

A lawmaker mentioned on Saturday the report on Amini’s demise might be finalised within the parliament by Tuesday. Amini’s household has up to now rejected requests by lawmakers to go to the parliament and talk about her demise.

Worldwide response

Because the protests proceed in Iran, there have additionally been demonstrations abroad and international governments proceed to react. Demonstrations in help of the protests in Iran have been held in dozens of cities internationally, with the most recent in Canada’s Vancouver on Saturday.

The Canadian authorities on Friday mentioned it’s blacklisting about 10,000 members of the IRGC, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau known as a “terrorist” organisation however didn’t formally designate as such. Canada joined the US in imposing sanctions in opposition to Iranian authorities, and the European Union has additionally mentioned it’s contemplating human rights sanctions.

Tehran has condemned the strikes as “international intervention” and says it should reply if the EU imposes sanctions. At the very least 9 international nationals have been arrested in the course of the protests, in accordance with Iranian officers. A number of European nations have known as on their residents to go away Iran and chorus from travelling to the nation.

In the meantime, a lot of international celebrities, trend manufacturers, and even soccer golf equipment have expressed solidarity with protesters in Iran.

Singers Dua Lipa and Hozier have been a few of the newest figures to put up concerning the concern on their social media accounts, and a bunch of outstanding French actresses, together with Oscar winners Juliette Binoche and Marion Cotillard, filmed themselves chopping off locks of their hair in help of the protesters.

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