Nine foreigners linked to protests in Iran arrested

Iranian authorities announced on Friday the arrest of several foreigners in connection with the protest movement sparked by the death of a young woman arrested by the morality police, which is entering its third week.

The protests, whose crackdown has left at least 83 people dead, began after the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurd, three days after her arrest for violating Iran’s strict dress code, which notably requires women to wear the Islamic veil.

The power, which denies any involvement of the police in the death of this 22-year-old woman, castigates the demonstrators described as “rioters”, reporting hundreds of arrests. In a statement, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence announced the arrest of “nine nationals from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, etc. “. According to him, they were arrested “at the scene of the riots or were involved in them”.

Since the start of the demonstrations, the Iranian authorities have accused forces abroad, including the United States, their sworn enemy, of being behind the rallies or of inciting them. At the same time, Iran International, a Persian television channel based in London, broadcast several videos on Friday, which AFP could not immediately authenticate, showing the repression of demonstrations.

“Death to the dictator”, launch bareheaded women in the city of Ardabil (northwest), according to a video. In Avaz (southwest), the security forces fire tear gas to disperse many people out in the streets to chant slogans against the government, according to other images.

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