Demonstrations in Iran: Human rights organizations have expressed concern about the repression of demonstrations in the city of Mahabad
Human rights organizations have expressed concern over the fate of anti-government protesters in the Iranian city of Mahabad after fully armed Iranian Revolutionary Guards were dispatched to the city on Saturday.
Video footage on the internet showed heavy gunfire in residential areas and the screams of civilians could be heard.
There were reports of a state of emergency being declared and communications cut off in the city.
And state media reported unrest in the Kurdish-majority city in western Iran and the arrests of protesters.
Clashes between protesters and security forces reportedly erupted in the towns of Bukan and Saqiz.
Iranian authorities were surprised by women’s protests, which have been going on for more than two months, after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini, while the authorities searched her after her arrest by “morality police” in Tehran.
Iranian authorities have described the protests as “riots” and blamed what they call “enemies of the country” for provoking them.
According to state media, authorities arrested film star Hengami Ghaziani, a well-known critic of the regime, on charges of “supporting riots” and contacting opposition media.
The 52-year-old actress claimed to have been subpoenaed by the judiciary and then posted video clips on Instagram of her removing the veil.
And she wrote on Saturday night: “This could be my last post. From this moment on, whatever happens to me, I want you to know that I stand with the Iranian people until my last breath.”
And the actress appeared in the video, which appears to be pictures on a shopping street, wordlessly looked at the camera, then turned and tied her hair.
In a publication last week, she accused the government of killing more than 50 children.
According to the website Mizan, which is close to the Iranian judiciary, Ghaziani was among eight people summoned by prosecutors to publish the case “Matter provocative” on social media.
Among those arrested is Yahya Golmohammadi, the national soccer team coach, who slammed the international team for “not conveying the voice of the oppressed population to the authorities”.
His comment came after the soccer team met President Ebrahim Raisi last week before heading out to attend the World Cup games in Qatar.
Mizan reported that other well-known actors, including Mitra Hajjar and Baran Qawsari, have been summoned to the authorities.
Popular actress Traneh Alidosti had vowed to stay home at all costs, adding that she would stop working and devote herself to helping the families of those killed and arrested during the protests.
and subject Iranian movie stars were already under pressure prior to the recent events sparked by Amini’s death.
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