Iran: Protesters defiant despite crackdown
31 October 2022 | 5:34 am
Demonstrators in Tehran called for Iran's supreme leader to be "toppled." In the southeast, an influential local cleric criticized the government's handling of the protests.
The US Treasury Department has said it issued sanctions for "abuse and violence" against Iranian women. Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Guards issued a warning over unrest.
Mahsa Amini, a young woman detained by Iran's morality police, died in custody in early September. Her death has sparked widespread protests in Iran, which have now spread to cities around the world.
The accusation comes as attitudes harden in the Islamic Republic against protests over the death of Mahsa Amini. Despite the rhetoric, demonstrators again demanded action.
Armed attacks near the border with Iran, rockets into Baghdad and an arduous path to a potential government spell an instable autumn after a violent summer.
Iran continues to be rocked by anti-government protests. Officials have urged security forces to respond harshly to anyone they say is endangering public order. State media reports that more than 40 protesters and police officers have been killed.
Speaking to FRANCE 24, Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and women's rights activist exiled in the US, called Iran’s ongoing protest movement "a revolution". Iran is currently seeing unprecedented demonstrations ignited by the death of Masah Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of the morality police after being arrested for improperly wearing her headscarf.
Two French detainees were shown on TV saying they had been plotting to take down the Iranian regime. France has said the spectacle was staged and illegal.
Iranian forces are arbitrarily arresting civil society activists, journalists and anyone who protests against the regime in order to rein in the outcry over the death of a young girl who died in police custody.
French authorities have warned there is a high risk of arbitrary detention in Iran. The announcement comes one day after Iranian television aired "confessions" from two French nationals held on espionage charges.
Human rights watchdogs from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus were on Friday announced the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, with the jury criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin's "authoritarian" regime as he wages war in Ukraine.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock says Iran's Islamic clerical regime "is on the wrong side of history" and has pledged new sanctions from the EU.
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