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New demonstrations took place in Iran on Sunday, despite a warning from the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, a month and a half after the start of the wave of protest unleashed by the death of Mahsa Amini.
Students gathered Saturday evening and Sunday in several Iranian cities, challenging the head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Hossein Salami, who on Saturday issued a warning to demonstrators: “Do not take to the streets again”.
At the Free University of Tehran, female protesters chanted hostile words towards the Iranian president.
“You are a shit fly, I am a free woman”, can we hear in a video relayed by the daily The important thing.
Iran has been rocked by a protest movement since the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, who died three days after she was arrested in Tehran by morality police who accused her of breaking the dress code. of the Islamic Republic, imposing in particular the wearing of the veil for women.
The initial slogan of “woman, life, freedom” added, over the course of demonstrations, however harshly repressed, slogans openly directed against the Islamic Republic founded in 1979.
On Sunday, security forces fired tear gas and fire at students in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan province where Mahsa Amini was from.
A video posted online by the group human rights defender Hengaw shows thick white smoke billowing from a technical school, students shouting “Freedom, freedom”.
“Each death is followed by a thousand people!” Chanted protesters at the funeral of a protester on Saturday in Arak, southwest of the capital, according to images broadcast by the online media 1500tasvir. This media claims that the rally was dispersed with tear gas.
The repression of demonstrations across Iran has left at least 160 dead, including around 20 children, according to a report established on Friday by the IHR.
In addition, 93 people were killed in demonstrations in Zahedan, in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan (southeast), triggered on September 30 after the rape of a young girl attributed to a policeman, according to the IHR.
In Saghez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini in Kurdistan, plainclothes police “attacked a college and kidnapped students” who were protesting, Hengaw reported.
According to the IHR, thousands of people have been arrested in Iran since the crackdown began, including journalists, students, lawyers and more than 500 civil society activists.
On Sunday, more than 300 Iranian journalists and photojournalists signed a statement criticizing the arrest of their colleagues, local media reported.
The reformist daily Sazandegi reported that “more than 20 journalists are still in detention”, including in the capital, while the Tehran Journalists Association dismissed as “illegal” and “in conflict with freedom” of the press the “security approach” of the authorities.
Iranian leaders continue to point singling out Iran's “enemies”, including the United States and Israel, and accusing journalists lists of having been “formed” with the aim of overthrowing the regime.