Iran protesters call for three-day strike from Monday

DUBAI: Protesters in Iran called on Sunday for a three-day strike this week as it seeks to maintain pressure on authorities over deaths in custody. Mahsa Aminiwith protests scheduled for the day President Ebrahim Raisi will address students in Tehran.
Raisi is scheduled to visit the University of Tehran on Wednesday, celebrated in Iran as Student Day.
Coinciding with Student Day, protesters are calling on merchants to strike and rally towards Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, according to individual posts shared on Twitter by accounts that have not been authorized. verified by Reuters.
They have also called for a three-day boycott of any economic activity starting Monday.
Similar calls for strike action and mass mobilization in recent weeks have led to escalating unrest across the country – some of the largest anti-government protests since the Islamic Revolution in 2015. Iran’s 1979
The activist’s news agency HRANA said 470 protesters had been killed as of Saturday, including 64 minors. It said 18,210 protesters were arrested and 61 members of the security force were killed.
The State Security Council of Iran’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday that the death toll was 200, according to the judiciary’s Mizan news agency.
The nationwide protests began after Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman of Iranian descent, died while in the custody of Iran’s ethics police on September 16, after she was detained for violating the The hijab regulation regulates how women are to be dressed.
Residents posting on social media and newspapers such as the daily Shargh say there have been fewer ethical policemen on the streets in recent weeks as authorities appear to be trying to avoid inciting further protests. .
On Saturday, the Iranian Prosecutor Mohamad Jafar Montazeri was quoted by Iran’s semi-official Labor News Agency as saying that the ethics police had been disbanded.
“It was this agency that established the police that shut it down,” Montazeri has been quoted as said.
Iran’s Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the ethics police, has yet to comment on the status of the force, which is tasked with overseeing the attire and public behavior of Iranians.
Montazeri said the ethics police are not within the jurisdiction of the judiciary, which “continues to monitor behavior at the community level.”
Top Iranian officials have repeatedly said that Tehran will not change its mandatory head covering policy nor how it enforces it.
State media said four men convicted of collaborating with Israel’s Mossad spy agency were executed on Sunday.
They were arrested in June – before unrest spread across the country – following cooperation between the Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Guards, the Tasnim news agency reported.
The Islamic Republic has long accused arch-nemesis Israel of carrying out covert operations on its territory. Tehran recently accused Israeli and Western intelligence agencies of plotting a civil war in Iran.
Iran’s state media reported on Wednesday that the country’s Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences of four men “for cooperation with the intelligence agencies of the Zionist regime and for kidnapping.” “.
Three others were sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison after being convicted of crimes including acting against national security, aiding kidnapping and illegal possession of weapons, the Mehr news agency said. .


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