40 days Later Iranian Demonstrations Continue


40 years after the death of Mahsa Amini, protests continue in Iran. Thousands of people gathered in the cemetery of the city of Saqqez on Wednesday, October 26, at the end of the traditional forty-day mourning period, around the tomb of the young Iranian Kurd.  The 22-year-old student died on September 16, 3 days after her arrest for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, which notably requires women to wear the veil.

 “Part of the crowd was ready for confrontation” with the police, “one of the participants having hoisted the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan”, adds the ISNA news agency, closely connected to the Iranian government.  The situation became “a bit tense” in the city after the crowds returned, but “no clashes occurred in the afternoon”, she said.  “Some intended to attack an army center”, but they “were dispersed by people present at the ceremony”.  Internet access was blocked for “security reasons” in Saqqez, the news agency added.

 The Iranian justice department has announced that it charged more than 300 people, bringing to more than 1,000 the official number of people prosecuted for taking part in demonstrations in the country.

 The death in custody of Mahsa Amini sparked a wave of protests, which have continued despite an increasingly deadly crackdown, with at least 250 dead and thousands arrested, according to human rights groups.

 It is important to note that the number of disappearances and arrests of foreigners is also increasing in the country, Tehran accuses “foreign forces” of stoking the crisis.  Among those arrested were Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Poles, Swedes, Dutch and French, all charged with “conspiracy and collusion” to attack national security.

 In recent days, Iran had reported indicting more than 600 protesters in Tehran, Kurdistan, Khuzestan, Qazvin and Isfahan.  At least 4 have been charged with an offense punishable by death while others have been prosecuted for, among other things, “breach of security”, “propaganda” against power and “assault against law enforcement”  .

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