Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated, on Wednesday, that the dying of a younger girl in detention “griefed” everybody within the Islamic Republic, however warned that “chaos” wouldn’t be accepted amid the unfold of violent protests over the dying of Mahsa Amini.
Amini’s dying two weeks in the past sparked anti-government protests throughout Iran, with demonstrators typically calling for an finish to the Islamic non secular institution that has been in energy for greater than 4 many years.
“We’re all saddened by this tragic incident… (Nevertheless) the chaos is unacceptable,” Raisi stated in an interview with state tv as protests continued throughout the nation.
“The federal government’s crimson line is the safety of our folks… Individuals can’t be allowed to disturb the peace in society by riots.”
Movies on social media confirmed Iranians persevering with to protest, chanting “Dying to the dictator” regardless of the excessive dying toll and violent repression by safety forces utilizing tear fuel, batons and in some circumstances stay ammunition.
A senior Iranian official advised Reuters that the collapse of the Islamic Republic seems far within the quick time period as a result of its leaders are decided to not show the sort of weak spot they imagine sealed the destiny of the US-backed shah in 1979.
Indignant demonstrations have unfold to greater than 80 cities throughout the nation because the killing of 22-year-old Amini on September 13, after she was arrested by public morals police for her “improper gown” that enforces the Islamic Republic’s strict gown code.
Amini, who was from the northwestern Kurdish metropolis of Saqqaz, died in hospital after falling right into a coma, sparking the primary main show of dissent on the streets of Iran since authorities crushed protests over excessive gasoline costs in 2019.
“The forensic drugs will submit a report on her dying within the coming days,” Raisi, who has ordered an investigation into Amini’s dying, stated.
Though Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has but to touch upon the protests, a hardline watchdog referred to as on the judiciary to “deal firmly with the principle perpetrators and people accountable for killing and wounding harmless folks and safety forces.”
Khamenei appoints six senior clerics to the 12-member physique, referred to as the Guardian Council.
State media stated 41 folks, together with police and a pro-government militia, had died through the protests, whereas Iranian human rights teams reported a excessive dying toll.
Raisi backed Iran’s safety forces, saying, “They sacrifice their lives to safe the nation.”
Dozens of Iranian celebrities, soccer gamers and artists – each inside and outdoors the nation – supported the demonstrations, and Iran’s hard-line judiciary stated it could press costs in opposition to them, in keeping with state media.
Raisi warned that “anybody who participated in igniting chaos and riots can be held accountable,” including that “nobody ought to be afraid to precise their opinions.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stated, on Wednesday, that they’d fired missiles and drones at militant targets within the Kurdish area of neighboring northern Iraq, the place an official stated 9 folks have been killed.
The Iranian authorities accused the armed Iranian Kurdish opponents of igniting unrest, particularly within the northwest, which is residence to greater than ten million Kurds in Iran.
Washington condemned the assault, describing it as an “unjustified violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Early on Wednesday, a video confirmed protesters in Tehran chanting “The mullahs are misplaced!” “Dying to the dictator!” and “Dying to the chief (Khamenei) due to all these years of crime!”
Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the movies on social media.
Rights teams reported the arrests of a whole bunch of individuals, together with human rights defenders, attorneys, civil society activists, and not less than 18 journalists.
Amini’s dying drew widespread worldwide condemnation, and Iran blamed Kurdish opponents for the unrest in addition to “thugs” linked to “international enemies”.
Tehran accuses the US and a few European nations of exploiting the unrest to attempt to destabilize the Islamic Republic.