Iran vows 'no leniency' against wave of women-led protests

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Unrest has rocked the country since the death of a young Kurdish woman in the custody of the morality police. Read more at straitstimes.com.

PARIS - Iran's judiciary chief vowed no leniency Sunday against the wave of unrest that has rocked the country since the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police.

Hundreds of demonstrators, reformist activists and journalists have been arrested amid the mostly night-time demonstrations that have spread to scores of cities since unrest first broke outSecurity forces have fired live rounds and bird shots, rights groups charge, while protesters have hurled rocks, torched police cars, set ablaze state buildings, and shouted"death to the dictator".

Some Iranian women protesters have since removed and burnt their hijabs in the rallies and cut off their hair, some dancing near large bonfires to the applause of crowds that have chanted"zan, zendegi, azadi" or"woman, life, freedom".Iranian Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi was the latest to add his voice of support for Iran's"progressive and courageous women leading protests for their human rights alongside men".

Web monitor NetBlocks reported that Mobinnet, one of Iran's largest network operators, saw a"nation-scale disruption", with WhatsApp, Instagram and Skype having already been blocked.with Iranian women in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Madrid, New York and Paris, among other cities.'Foreign plots'

Foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Amir-Abdollahian criticised"the US interventionist approach in the affairs of Iran... including its provocative actions in supporting the rioters".Pro-government rallies were held Sunday, with the main event taking place in Enghelab Square in central Teheran, where

 

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