The US president is “next to the citizens, the brave women of Iran”
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The protesters took to the streets again this Saturday in different parts of Iran due to the death of the young Mahsa Amini, supported by the United States, which said “stand by the citizens, the brave women of Iran.”
Despite the fact that the authorities blocked the most popular social networks, the activists launched an online appeal under the slogan “The beginning of the end!” of the regime to demonstrate massively on Saturday, when the protest movement enters its fifth week despite a bloody crackdown.
As could be seen in videos posted on Twitter, protesters took to the streets of the city of Ardabil (northwest) this Saturday. The merchants went on strike in Saqez, the original city of Amini, in the province of Kurdistan, and in Mahabad, also in the northwest, according to the social media 1500tasvir, which follows the protests.
“Freedom, freedom, freedom!”shouted young women at an educational center in Tehran, waving their veils in the air, 1500tasvir said. An Oslo-based human rights group Hengaw also reported protests in Marivan and Ney, in (western) Iranian Kurdistan, where high school girls “They chanted slogans against the government.”
There were also demonstrations this Saturday at the universities of Tehran, Ispahan and Kermanshah, according to videos posted on the internet. In response, the Islamic Development Coordination Council, charged with organizing official demonstrations, urged people to express “his revolutionary anger at the seditionists and the rioters.”
Outrage over the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, while in police custody, has sparked the largest wave of demonstrations and violence in Iran since the 2019 protests against rising gasoline prices in this oil-rich country. Amini was arrested on 13 September by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly breaking the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.
The demonstrators received on Friday night the support of Joe Biden, who assured that the United States is “next to the citizens, to the brave women of Iran.” “Irn must end the violence against its own citizens who are simply exercising their fundamental rights,” the US president said in California.
The Iranian President, ebrahim raisi, repeatedly accused the United States, a declared enemy of Tehran, of wanting to destabilize his country. The Islamic Republic also accused France of “interference.”
The protests have led to solidarity demonstrations in cities around the worldas well as sanctions by the United States and the European Union against Iranian officials involved in the repression.
Those who demonstrate are mainly young people, students and women, who protest against the government, they burn their veils and do not hesitate to confront the police. The repression of the protests has already left at least 108 dead, according to the NGOs, including 23 minors between the ages of 11 and 17, according to Amnesty International.
Two members of the security forces were killed by gunshots in Fars, raising auna twenty members of the forces of order killed since the beginning of the demonstrations, according to official media reports on Friday.
Iran asks the EU to be “realistic”
Before the EU imposes sanctions on Tehern, the head of Iranian diplomacy, Hossein Amir–Abdullahian, asked the bloc to adopt a “realistic view” of the demonstrations. Iran is a country “pillar of lasting stability and security in the region”recalled the minister during a telephone conversation on Friday with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
Borrell, for his part, had insisted on Friday on Twitter in “the right of Iranians to demonstrate peacefully and defend fundamental rights.”
Following a vast campaign of arrests against artists, dissidents, journalists and athletes, Iranian filmmaker Mani Haghighi said his country banned him from traveling to the UK for the London Film Festival because of his support for protesters. In a video message posted on Twitter Friday, Haghighi called the protests a “great moment in history.”
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