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Activists call for new protests in Iran
Activists in Iran have called for new nationwide protests. The strikes and protests are said to last from Monday to Wednesday, according to numerous messages on the Internet. Large parts of society were invited to participate.
ARCHIVE – Protests in Tehran (archive image). Photo: Uncredited/AP/dpa
Calls circulated on the Telegram news channel for targeted attacks on paramilitary units on motorcycles, which are instrumental in suppressing protests. In the past few weeks, protesters have dumped oil on roads or erected roadblocks to make it more difficult for security forces to advance.
Massive violence by the police and security forces has severely restricted peaceful protests in Iran. Demonstrators are therefore increasingly organizing spontaneous gatherings to express their displeasure with the Islamic Republic. Internet blocks also make organization difficult.
Around 470 demonstrators have been killed since the protests began, according to human rights activists. The system-critical uprisings were triggered by the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini in mid-September. The young woman died in police custody after being arrested by morality officers for violating Islamic dress codes.