Iran to act decisively after biggest protests in years, president says

    REGION  25 September 2022 - 10:59

    Iran must deal decisively with protests which have swept the country after the death in custody of a woman detained by the Islamic Republic's morality police, President Ebrahim Raisi said on September 24.

    At least 41 people have been killed in the week-long unrest, state television said on September 24, Reuters reports.

    It said that the toll was based on its own count and official figures were yet to be released. Protests have erupted in most of the country's 31 provinces.

    State media quoted Raisi on September 24 as saying Iran must "deal decisively with those who oppose the country's security and tranquillity".

    Raisi was speaking by telephone to the family of a member of the Basij volunteer force killed while taking part in the crackdown on unrest in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

    The president "stressed the necessity to distinguish between protest and disturbing public order and security, and called the events ... a riot," state media reported.

    The protests broke out in northwestern Iran a week ago at the funeral of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, who died after falling into a coma following her detention in Tehran by morality police enforcing hijab rules on women's dress.

    Her death has reignited anger over issues including restrictions on personal freedoms in Iran, the strict dress codes for women, and an economy reeling from sanctions.

     

    Caliber.Az




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