Iran protesters call for 3-day strike, protests planned

Protesters in Iran on Sunday called for a three-day strike this week as they seek to keep pressure on authorities over the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, on a day when President Ibrahim Raisi is due to address students in Tehran.

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Raisi is expected to visit Tehran University on Wednesday, which is celebrated as Students’ Day in Iran.

Demonstrators are calling for a strike by traders and a rally towards Tehran’s Azadi (Independence) Square, according to separate posts shared on Twitter by accounts unverified by Reuters, on the occasion of Students’ Day.

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They have also called for a three-day boycott of any economic activity starting Monday.

Similar calls for strike action and mass mobilization have added to unrest in the past weeks that has swept the country – some of the largest anti-government protests since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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The activist HRANA news agency said that as of Saturday 470 protesters had been killed, including 64 minors. It said 18,210 protesters were arrested and 61 members of the security forces were killed.

Iran’s interior ministry, the State Security Council, said on Saturday that the death toll was 200, according to the judiciary’s news agency Mizan.

Nationwide protests erupted after a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, Amini, died on 16 September in the custody of Iran’s morality police after she was detained for violating hijab restrictions governing the way women can dress. went.

Residents, posting on social media and newspapers such as the Sharq daily, say that recent weeks have seen a lack of morality policing on the streets as authorities apparently try to avoid more protests.

On Saturday, Iran’s public prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted by the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency as saying that the morality police had been disbanded.

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Montazeri is quoted as saying, “The authority that established this police has shut it down.”

Iran’s interior ministry, which is in charge of the morality police, has yet to comment on the status of the force, which is tasked with monitoring the clothing and public behavior of Iranians.

Montazeri said that the ethics police were not subject to the authority of the judiciary, which “continues to supervise behavioral actions at the community level.”

Top Iranian officials have repeatedly said that Tehran will not change its mandatory hijab policy, nor will it change the way it is implemented.

State media said four people convicted of collaborating with Israel’s spy agency Mossad were executed on Sunday.

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He was arrested in June – before the current unrest spread in the country – following cooperation between the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards, Tasnim news agency reported.

The Islamic republic has long accused archenemy Israel of carrying out covert operations on its soil. Tehran has recently accused Israel and Western intelligence services of plotting a civil war in Iran.

Iranian state media reported on Wednesday that the country’s Supreme Court had sentenced four people to death “for the crime of kidnapping and collaborating with the Zionist regime’s intelligence services”.

Three others were sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison, including acting against national security, aiding a kidnapping and possessing illegal weapons, Mehr news agency said.

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(Reporting by the Dubai newsroom; Editing by Dominic Evans, Raisa Kasolowski, William McLean)

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