Activists called for new demonstrations this Saturday across Iran against power, a month after the start of the protest movement sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini and repressed in blood.
At least 108 people were killed, according to the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) association. Amnesty International said that at least 23 children between the ages of 11 and 17 had been “killed by the security forces”. And hundreds of people were arrested.
Elsewhere in Iran, in Zahedan, the capital of southeastern Sistan-Balochistan province, security forces killed at least 93 people in violence in late September and early October, during protests over the alleged rape of a young girl by a police officer, according to the IHR.
Internet traffic disruption
Ahead of the protests, the NetBlocks site reported on Saturday a “New Major Internet Traffic Disruption in Iran”. Despite these disruptions and the authorities blocking access to the Instagram and WhatsApp applications, activists have launched an online call to demonstrate under the slogan ” The beginning of the end ! » power. They encouraged young people and the Iranian population to demonstrate in places where the security forces are not present and to chant “Death to the Dictator”in reference to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
After a massive campaign of arrests against artists, dissidents, journalists and sportspeople, Iranian filmmaker Mani Haghighi has claimed his country banned him from traveling to the UK for the London Film Festival in because of his support for the protests. In a video message posted on Twitter on Friday, he called the protests a “great moment in history”.
On Friday, US President Joe Biden, whose country is a sworn enemy of Iran, said he stood “alongside the citizens, the courageous women of Iran”calling on the power to “end violence against its own citizens”.
As the European Union prepares to impose sanctions on Iran on Monday, the head of Iranian diplomacy Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, during a telephone conversation on Friday, called the chief diplomat of the European Union Josep Borrell to adopt a “realistic approach”. The latter, meanwhile, said via Twitter that “The violent repression must stop immediately. The demonstrators must be freed,” he added.
Iranian leaders accuse the United States of destabilizing their country by fomenting “riots” and reject as an interference in their affairs the condemnations of repression.