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Rallies are being held this Saturday in dozens of cities around the world in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran. This was triggered 15 days ago by the death of Mahsa Amini arrested by the morality police.

Protests in Iran, whose crackdown has killed at least 83 people, began after the death on September 16 of this Iranian Kurd, three days after her arrest for violating Iran’s strict dress code, which requires women in particular to wear the islamic veil.

The government, which denies any police involvement in the 22-year-old’s death, arrested hundreds of protesters, described as “rioters”.

Demonstrations of solidarity, in which the Iranian diaspora participates, are being held this Saturday in more than 150 cities around the world, from Tokyo to San Francisco, via London or Geneva, according to organizers.

“Our Iranian Sisters”

In Rome, a thousand people marched to the beat of drums. “We demand justice for Mahsa Amini and all victims of brutal and indiscriminate violence by the authorities, as well as freedom of choice for our Iranian sisters,” said one participant, leader of the small centrist +Europe party, quoted by the agency. .

In Tokyo, protesters held up signs reading “We will not stop” and pictures of women burning veils or cutting their hair in Iran.

For the 15th consecutive night of protests, the Iranians left on Friday night in the city of Saqez, in the Iranian province of Kurdistan, where Mahsa Amini is from, according to images released by the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Oslo.

“Women, life, freedom”, launched a group of men and women in the middle of a street, clapping their hands, taking up one of the emblematic slogans of the protest movement.

More than 1200 arrests

Since the beginning of the demonstrations, NGOs have denounced the police repression and a wave of arrests.

According to Iranian news agency Fars, around 60 people have been killed since September 16, while Iran Human Rights has reported at least 83 dead.

An official report reported the arrest of more than 1,200 protesters. Activists, lawyers and journalists were also arrested, according to NGOs.

In Tehran, many riot police took up positions on Saturday at several intersections in the capital, witnesses said, as reports circulated of protests at the university demanding the release of students.

On social media, channel 1500tasvir shared a video showing large protests at universities in Tehran, Mashhad (north) and Kermanshah (northwest).

Amnesty International denounced the security forces’ “merciless” violence against the protest movement, noting the use of live and lead ammunition, beatings and sexual violence against women.

The authorities accuse the protesters of sowing “chaos” and forces abroad, including the United States, their sworn enemy, of being behind the rallies or of instigating them.

arrest of foreigners

On Friday, they announced the arrest of “nine citizens of Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Netherlands, Sweden, etc.” According to Tehran, they were arrested “at the scene of the riots or were involved there”. The Dutch Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that it had asked Tehran for access to a detained Dutch citizen.

Abroad, opposition media broadcast footage of the rallies, such as Iran International, a London-based Persian-language television channel, which posted several videos on Friday that AFP was unable to immediately authenticate.

According to one of them, men were shot when they threw stones at a police station in Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province (southeast), on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan and a frequent scene of attacks or clashes between police and armed groups .

The police chief of Sistan-Baluchistan indicated on official TV that three police stations in the province were attacked, without making an assessment. The Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday that the Sunni rebel group of Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack on a police station.

Regional Governor Hossein Khiabani told him on Friday on state television that 19 people, including a colonel in the Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian ideological army, were killed in “incidents” in the same province. The Guardians reported on Saturday the death of another colonel in clashes with “terrorists”.

It was not immediately clear whether the violence was linked to the protests.

These are the highest since November 2019, driven by rising gasoline prices, which have been severely clamped down on.

This article was automatically published. Sources: ats/afp

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