Iran to hold public trials of 1,000 people accused of participating in Mahsa Amini protests
The trials of the accused will be heard in public in the next few days, IRNA reported, citing the Chief Justice of Tehran Province, Ali Al-Qasi Mehri. Iranian media reported over the weekend that the trials of several protesters began last week.
People with “serious charges, including assaulting or martyring security personnel, as well as setting fire to public property… have been assigned to the Revolutionary Court,” Mehr said, according to IRNA.
The number of people indicted in Tehran province rose to 315 on Saturday, according to a separate tally by the state-run ISNA news agency, which also reported that more than 700 others were indicted in other Iranian provinces.
This comes as the Iranian authorities intensify efforts to put an end to the insurgency that has been going on for more than six weeks in the country.
The nationwide protests were first sparked by the death of Mahsa (aka Zina) Amin, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in mid-September after being detained by the country’s morality police. Since then, protesters across Iran have rallied around a range of grievances against the regime.
The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, told protesters on Saturday that it would be the last day they would take to the streets.
“Leave evil aside. Today is the last day of riots. Don’t come to the street anymore. What else do you want from these people’s lives?’ he said during the funeral procession in Shiraz.
Salami called the protests a “conspiracy” that was “the result of a combination of US, British, Saudi Arabian and Zionist regime police,” a message regularly used by the regime.
“Don’t turn the campus into a battleground for America against the nation,” Salami said, adding that “a few students are responding to foreign voices.”
Despite Salami’s warning, students continued to protest in large numbers at several of the country’s major universities on Sunday.
Videos obtained by CNN show violent clashes between security forces and student protesters.
One of those arrested on Sunday was Iranian underground rapper Tomaj Salehi, known for his anti-Islamic Republic songs, IRNA reported.
Tomaj, who is known by his first name, was charged with “anti-government propaganda activities, collaborating with hostile governments and creating illegal groups to create insecurity in the country,” the agency said, citing the judiciary in Esfahan province.
He was arrested in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiar province in southwestern Iran, west of Isfahan, Fars News reported.
IRNA published a photo of Tumaj blindfolded in the backseat of a car.
“The accused played a key role in creating, inviting and encouraging riots in Espahan province and Shahin Shahr city,” IRNA reported.
Tomaj has become a prominent voice in the protests, tweeting calls for demonstrations and reposting protest videos from around the country.
Latest music video lyrics is installed On October 24, he sings on his YouTube page. Someone’s crime was being brave and criticizing… 44 years of your rule. It is a year of failure.”
A post on his official Twitter account confirmed the news of the rapper’s arrest. An administrator outside of Iran claimed to have permission from Tumaj to post on his behalf and keep the account active.
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