Tehran judiciary plans public trails of 1K Iranian protesters

10/31/2022 5:17:51 PM
 Iran protests.
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The legal action aims to refute convince the world that Iran’s crackdown on protesters is not bloody.

Today, Monday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted the Tehran judiciary head as saying about 1,000 people have been charged with "acts of sabotage in the recent events, including assaulting or killing security guards, and setting fire to public property," and will be tried publicly this week, as the authorities intensify their efforts to crackdown on weeks-long protests.

The mass indictments are the governments answer to international reports on the Islamic Republics human rights violations amid the country-wide unrest. International female figures, including former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and media tycoon Oprah Winfrey as well as Nobel laureates Kurdish Nadia Murad, and Malala Yousafzai called for expulsion of Islamic Republic from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Video published online shows Tehran University students stoning security guards inside Tehran University, and chanting “death to the dictator,” a reference to Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

On Saturday, the Revolutionary Guards explicitly called on the protesters to stay away from the streets. Iranian leaders have described the protests as a plot by the Islamic Republic's enemies, the United States and Israel.

The Iranian authorities are waging a bloody crackdown to quell the unrest. On Sunday, Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported a 16-year-old boy who was shot at point-blank range in Oraz Square in Western Kurdish city of Piranshahr, later giving in to his wounds.

More than eleven Iranian cities witnessed noisy night-time protests on Sunday evening. These nighttime protests, are underway mostly in Iranian Kurdish cities. Unrest of Sanandaj, Saqqez, and Mahabad among other cities, erupted despite warnings from the Revolutionary Guards, and firing by riot police and Basij elements, the voluntary paramilitary popular force.

Weeks of protests in Iran have entered their seventh week, defying warnings from the Revolutionary Guards, as students faced tear gas, beatings and gunfire from riot police and Basij forces.

According to the Iranian Human Rights Organization, elements of the Iranian security and Basij stormed the campuses of several universities in the country to suppress the protesters and arrested a number of them.

The death of Zhina Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl from Saqqez at the custody of morality police led to nationwide protests, the longest since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

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