Iran charges at least 1,000 over ongoing unrest in Tehran: report – National

Iran will hold public trials of around 1,000 people indicted in Tehran over unrest, a semi-official news agency said on Monday, as authorities step up efforts to crush more than six weeks of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in custody.

In one of the boldest challenges to Iran’s religious leaders since the 1979 revolution, the protests have continued despite increasingly severe warnings: Revolutionary Guards on Saturday told demonstrators in no uncertain terms not to descend on the street.

Iranian leaders have described the protests as a plot by enemies of the Islamic Republic, including the United States and Israel. Protesters from all walks of life took part, with students and women playing prominent roles, waving and burning scarves.

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The semi-official Tasnim news agency, quoting the chief judge of Tehran province, said the trials of around 1,000 people “who committed acts of sabotage during recent events, including assaulting or torturing security guards, (and) burning down public property” would take place in a Revolutionary Court. The trials would take place in public this week, he said.

Iranian authorities have carried out a deadly crackdown to quell the unrest. The militant HRANA news agency said on Saturday that 283 protesters had been killed in the unrest, including 44 minors. Some 34 members of the security forces were also killed.

Amini died on September 16 in the custody of the Iranian vice squad after being detained for “inappropriate dress”.

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