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Iran must deal decisively with protests, says president

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People light a fire during a protest against the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s ‘morality police’, in Tehran, Iran, September 21, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

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  • President describes week-long protests as riots
  • The death of a Kurdish woman has rekindled popular anger
  • According to Amnesty, 19 people were killed in one day by security forces

DUBAI, September 24 (Reuters) – Iran must deal decisively with protests that have swept the country following the death in custody of a woman in custody of the Islamic Republic’s vice police, President Ebrahim said on Saturday. Raised.

At least 35 people have been killed in the week-long protests, according to Iranian state television, with protests spreading to most of the country’s 31 provinces.

On Friday, state-sponsored rallies were held in several Iranian cities to counter anti-government protests, and the military vowed to confront “the enemies” behind the unrest.

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State media quoted Raisi on Saturday as saying Iran must “deal decisively with those who oppose the security and tranquility of the country.”

Raisi was speaking by phone to the family of a member of the Basij Volunteer Force who was killed while helping to quell unrest in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

The president “stressed the need to distinguish between protest and disruption of public order and security, and characterized the events… as a riot,” state media reported.

Protests erupted 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 by morality police enforcing the rules hijab on women’s dress.

Her death has rekindled anger over issues such as restrictions on personal freedoms in Iran, strict dress codes for women and a sanctions-reeling economy.

Women played a prominent role in the protests, waving and burning their veils. Some publicly cut their hair as angry mobs called for the downfall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The protests are the largest to sweep the country since protests over fuel prices in 2019, when Reuters reported that 1,500 people were killed in a crackdown on protesters – the bloodiest confrontation in history of the Islamic Republic.

In neighboring Iraq, dozens of Iraqi and Iranian Kurds gathered outside the United Nations compound in the northern city of Erbil on Saturday, carrying signs with Amini’s photograph and chanting “Death to the dictator “, in reference to Khamenei.

Iranian state television, which has accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of involvement in the unrest, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fired artillery at anti-Iranian military bases in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

“DEADLY RESPONSE”

At least three times this week, mobile internet has been interrupted in Iran, the watchdog NetBlocks reported. Activists say the move is aimed at preventing video footage of the violence from reaching the world.

Rights group Amnesty International said protesters had faced ‘a spiraling deadly response from security forces over the past few days’ and called for an independent United Nations ‘investigative mechanism’ to investigate on the events of this week.

On the night of September 21, fire from security forces killed at least 19 people, including three children, he said.

“The rising death toll is an alarming indication of the brutality of the authorities’ attacks on human life in the darkness of the internet shutdown,” Amnesty said.

The activist Twitter account 1500tasvir, which has more than 120,000 followers, said late Friday that communication channels with the northwestern city of Oshnavieh had been cut and landlines were down.

Oshnavieh was one of several cities in northwestern Iran, where most of the country’s 10 million Kurds live, which staged a strike on Friday. On Friday, the Kurdish rights group Hengaw released a video showing protesters controlling parts of the city.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video.

State television showed footage believed to show calm had returned to many parts of the capital Tehran on Friday evening.

“But in some areas in western and northern Tehran and some provinces, rioters destroyed public property,” he said, broadcasting footage of protesters setting trash cans and a car on fire, marching and throwing rocks.

The 1500tasvir Twitter account posted videos of protests near Tehran University on Saturday. Riot police were seen confronting protesters and arresting some.

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Written by Dominic Evans Editing by Frances Kerry

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