Iran protests: Lawmakers demand ‘zero tolerance’ for protesters as mass demonstrations continue



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Iranian lawmakers urged the country’s judiciary to “not tolerate” protesters in a message carried by state-run Press TV on Sunday, as thousands of people continue to gather in the streets despite the threat of arrest.

The Islamic Republic is facing one of the biggest and yet unprecedented displays of opposition The death of Mahsa Amini A 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman was detained by the morality police for allegedly not wearing a headscarf properly.

In an open letter signed by 227 out of 290 members of Iran’s parliament, Press TV reported that lawmakers called on protesters to teach a “good lesson” to deter others who threaten the Iranian government’s authority.

“We, the representatives of this nation, ask all state officials, including the judiciary, to treat those who waged war (against the Islamic establishment) and attacked people’s lives and property like ISIS (terrorists), in a way that serves as a good lesson in the shortest possible time,” it was done. The letter read according to the state-run Press TV.

The legislators added that such a punishment – whose methods were not specified – would “prove to everyone that the life, property, security and honor of our dear people are a red line for this (Islamic) institution, and that it will not show any leniency to anyone in this regard.”

Iran At least 1,000 people in Tehran province have been accused of their alleged involvement in nationwide protests over Amini’s death, the largest opposition demonstration in years, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. they Trials are public It was over a week ago.

The Norway-based Iranian Human Rights Organization (IHR) said in a report last Wednesday that dozens of protesters are facing charges including “enmity against God” and “corruption on earth”, which carries the death penalty.

The letter from members of parliament also reiterates the previous Iranian government’s allegations that the ongoing protests – which it calls riots – have been instigated by the United States and other enemies of Iran. The Iranian government has provided no evidence to support its allegations of foreign involvement in the protest movement.

Javid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, told the UN Security Council last week that up to 14,000 people, including journalists, activists, lawyers and teachers, had been attacked. Arrested Since the outbreak of protests in Iran in mid-September.

Rahman said the “relentless violent response of the security forces” had killed at least 277 people.

The recent death of Iranian Kurdish woman Nasrin Qadri sparked a wave of protests in her hometown of Marivan on Sunday, with Kurdish human rights organization Henjao and activist outlet Iran Wire claiming she was “seriously injured” from blows to her head by the Iranians. Security forces.

The cause of her death was disputed. The primary medical diagnosis of the cause of her death was sepsis, said the public prosecutor of Shahryar, a town about half an hour outside Tehran where Qadri is said to live, adding that according to a family statement, she had a previous illness as well. According to what was reported by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Her father said separately in a camera statement broadcast on Iranian state television that Qadri died of the flu and that “rumors” about her death were false – an explanation that Hengaw activist Azin Sheikhi believes was forced into.

“They first forced her family to state publicly that the cause of her death was an illness,” Azin Chikhi, from Hengau, told CNN.

Sheikh added that “the security forces did not allow her relatives to gather in her parents’ house when her body was returned to the house, and they also prevented any kind of funeral or burial ceremonies.”

CNN cannot independently verify the arrest figures, the death toll, and many accounts of the dead due to the Iranian government’s crackdown on media, the Internet, and transparency. The media cannot directly reach the government for their own account in such cases, unless there are reports on the state media, the mouthpiece of the government.

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