Protests in Iran – government wants to crack down

Protests in Lebanon after death of young woman in Iran

Since then, several people have reportedly died in the ongoing protests, and according to Iranian media, 280 people had been arrested by Thursday.

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Berlin, Tehran, Dubai Of the Iran signals readiness to crack down on anti-government demonstrators following the death of a young woman. "We will not allow the enemy to take advantage of the situation," the Iranian news agency Isna said in a statement. The demonstrations are part of the enemy's diabolical strategy to weaken the Islamic Republic.

According to the Tasnim agency, the secret service also warned against participating in “illegal gatherings”. On Thursday, Justice Chief Gholam-Hussein Mohseni-Edschehi ordered the security forces to crack down on the nationwide protests.

The protests were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini. She was arrested by the Morality Police just over a week ago for violating the strict Islamic dress code. What exactly happened to Amini after her arrest is unclear. Anyway, she went into a coma and died in a hospital on Friday.

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Critics accuse the morality police of using violence. The police deny the allegations. Since then, thousands of people have been demonstrating across the country against the government's repressive course.

The protests started in the predominantly Kurdish north-west of the country, where Amini is from, and quickly spread to other parts of Iran, including the capital. The Kurdish human rights group Hengaw reported 15 dead and more than 700 injured. The Iranian media reported 280 arrests on Thursday alone.

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The Iranian government responded by blocking the internet. She apparently fears that the protests could reach the proportions of 2019. At that time, 1,500 people died, the worst since the Islamic Republic was founded in 1979.

President Ebrahim Raisi said on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he had launched an investigation into Mahsa Amini's death. There is freedom of speech in the country, but the spread of chaos cannot be tolerated.

The federal government calls for a rapid investigation in the case in Iran young woman who died, which led to ongoing protests in the Islamic Republic. The news of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini "in police custody in Tehran was noted with dismay," said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit on Friday in Berlin.

Hebestreit pointed out that the acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, had already called for clarification in the case. "We as the federal government very much agree with this demand."

Baerbock wants to bring Iran before the UN Human Rights Council

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced on Thursday during her visit to the United Nations (UN) in New York that the federal government would "bring this break with women's rights and thus human rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council". It is clear that "the brutal attack on the courageous women in Iran is also an attack on humanity".

A spokeswoman for the Federal Foreign Office confirmed on Friday that the German government was monitoring the situation in Iran "with great concern". She called on the leadership in Tehran and the authorities there to allow peaceful protests and to stop using violence.

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