PARIS: Iranians have staged new protests to deplore the country’s theocratic regime, in opposition to an ongoing crackdown being carried out with those who are arrested placed in court and facing the death penalty.
Iran has for the last six weeks been shaken by protests that have a magnitude and intensity that has not been seen since 1979’s Islamic revolution, which was ignited by the murder in September of Mahsa Amini, who had been detained in September by Tehran the morality police.
The authorities have told that protesters are now advised to get off the streets, however, the protests show no signs of slowing down, occurring in areas of residential, major avenues, and at universities across the country.
The problem for the regime is exacerbated by the customs of Iran to celebrate the 40th day since someone died, transforming every “Chehalem” 40-day mourning ceremony to remember the dozens of people who were killed during the clashes into a demonstration spark.
Residents in The Tehran neighborhood of Ekbatan late Monday night chanted anti-government slogans such as “Death to the dictator” and security forces used stun grenades to stop the protest in accordance with footage on the 1500tasvir monitoring website and other sites.
The Norwegian-based Hengaw rights group said that the funeral held in the predominantly Kurdish city Sanandaj located in northern Iran on Monday, for Sarina Saedi the 16-year-old girl who was killed during the crackdown, was transformed into a protest, with protesters shouting anti-regime slogans and women taking off their the headscarves.
Norwegian-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group reported that students were holding a sit-in at Isfahan University while social media footage suggested that the same protest was underway at the engineering department at Amir Kabir the university of Tehran.
The death of Amini was, according to relatives caused by a head injury during detention. The Iranian authorities have disputed this claim however they have requested an investigation.
The protests were fuelled by anger at how rigid the Islamic fashion code that women must follow in Iran -that the police who arrested Amini were in the process of enforcing but have now become a unifying point for people’s anger at the regime that has been ruling Iran since the dissolution of the shah in 1979.
Although there have been several outbursts of demonstrations across Iran during the past two decades, the current movement has repeatedly overturned taboos.
Photos shared via social networks showed that murals depicting the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as His predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had been covered with red paint inside the sacred city of Qom.
These protests also have witnessed many different strategies and observers have noticed an emerging trend of youngsters taking off the turbans of religious leaders in the streets.
According to IHR 160 victims have been killed as a result of the crackdown against protests provoked by the death of Amini and another 93 were killed in an unmistakable protest that took place in Zahedan in the Sistan-Baluchistan province in the southeastern region.
Many people have been arrested across the nation as part of the crackdown on protests, rights groups say and the judiciary of Iran has stated that 1000 people have been charged with involvement in what it refers to as “riots.”
One of the suspects, Mohammad Ghobadlou, was sentenced to be executed during the trial’s first session as per the video of his mother that was published in Washington by Washington’s Abdurrahman Boroumand Center. But, it hasn’t been verified by the courts.
The well-known Iranian singer Toomaj Salehi has become the most prominent celebrity to be detained as per the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.
Nearly 46 journalists have been detained as of now in the report of the city-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Tehran reporter Marzieh Amiri is among the latest to be arrested Her sister Samira posted on Instagram.
The prominent freedom of expression activist as well as Wall Street Journal contributor Hossein Ronaghi, who was detained just after protests started was put on “hunger strike and not well,” his brother Hassan posted via Twitter when the political activist was allowed an appointment together with his parents.