Did Iran’s ‘morality police’ really disband?
06 December 2022 | 2:20 pm
There is uncertainty over reports suggesting the notorious vice squad has been shut down. In any case, authorities have other powerful means of monitoring behavior and issuing punishment.
Tehran handed a death sentence to an anti-government protester for participating in "riots." Another five people received jail terms for "conspiring" to disturb public order.
Iranian officials and state-run media have slammed Berlin for its support for the anti-regime protest movement, warning that it would cause "damage over the long-term."
Iran's judiciary sentenced three more anti-government protesters for allegedly attacking police officers. Demonstrations have continued for a second month against the country's regime.
Rights groups and a prominent cleric have warned of a military crackdown in the Kurdish city, following intense protests there. Meanwhile, Iran arrested two actresses, and its football captain spoke up at the World Cup.
England begin their World Cup campaign with a powerful 6-2 win against Iran, as their opponents refrain from singing the national anthem amid the mass protests back home. Deprived of Sadio Mané, Senegal suffer a 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands, while Gareth Bale rescues a point for Wales who draw 1-1 with Team USA.
While the people of Iran protest back home, the national team sent a powerful message of their own from Qatar. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz conceded his players are "affected by the issue" after a 6-2 defeat by England.
Iran's judiciary said the detained foreigners will be tried according to Iranian laws. Meanwhile, the UN said the situation in the country was "critical."
The IAEA has said Iran is continuing to accelerate its nuclear program and is producing highly enriched uranium at a new site.
The UN Human Rights Council was considering an international investigation into the human rights situation in Iran. Tehran said the West "lack the moral credibility" to criticize it.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has become a focal point for geopolitics. Iran's team refused to sing their national anthem before their first match, in a gesture of support for protesters. Some Iranian visitors also took the opportunity to support the anti-government protests back home with signs and chants outside the stadium in Doha.
Iran has been gripped by demonstrations and violent crackdowns sparked by the death of 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini. But is Iran’s government listening? DW's Conflict Zone spoke to Mohammad Marandi, professor at Tehran University.
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