Iran summons British and Norwegian envoys as unrest continues

Iran has summoned the British and Norwegian ambassadors for what it said was interference and hostile media coverage of the nationwide unrest sparked by the death of a woman in the custody of vice police, the agency said on Sunday. ISNA semi-official press. Demonstrations that erupted more than a week ago at the funeral of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini have spread across the country and turned into the biggest wave of protests in years.

Iranian state television says 41 people have been killed. Authorities have restricted internet and mobile services to prevent the dissemination of footage of the protests and the security forces’ response, activists said. President Ebrahim Raisi says Iran guarantees freedom of expression and has ordered an investigation into the death in custody of Amini, who was arrested by police enforcing Islamic Republic restrictions on dress women’s clothing.

He also said “acts of chaos” were unacceptable and that Iran must deal decisively with the unrest. At the United Nations, he said widespread coverage of Amini’s case was a “double standard”, pointing to deaths in police custody in the United States. Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Britain’s ambassador on Saturday in response to the “unfriendly character” of London-based Persian-language media, according to the ISNA news agency.

The Norwegian envoy was also summoned to explain the “interventionist stance” of the speaker of the country’s parliament, who expressed his support for the protesters on Twitter. Amini’s death has reignited anger in Iran over issues such as restrictions on personal freedoms, strict dress codes for women and a sanctions-reeling economy.

Women played a prominent role in the protests, waving and burning their veils. Some publicly cut their hair as angry mobs called for the downfall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The protests are the largest to sweep the country since protests over fuel prices in 2019, when Reuters reported that 1,500 people were killed in a crackdown on protesters – the bloodiest episode of internal unrest of the history of the Islamic Republic.

VIDEOS OF PROTEST The official IRNA news agency said on Sunday that a member of the Basij, a militia under the aegis of the Revolutionary Guards, died from wounds sustained during a clash with what he has called rioters to Orumieh in northwestern Iran, where many of Iran Direct’s 10 million Kurds.

He said his death came at a “critical moment in the 43-year history of the Islamic revolution”, referring to Iran’s four decades of clerical rule since the overthrow of the Shah. State media said 12 bank branches were destroyed in the unrest over the past few days and 219 ATMs were damaged.

Iranian human rights group Hengaw described the city of Oshnavieh, also in the northwest of the country, as “completely militarized”. He said the city was on strike, authorities were making arrests and at least five bodies were in the hospital morgue. Reuters could not verify the report. Late Saturday, the activist Twitter account 1500tasvir released videos of protests in Tehran’s western Sattarkhan neighborhood showing protesters gathered in a square chanting “fear not, we’re all in this together”, with a motorcycle belonging apparently with riot police burning in the background.

Video posted on social media on Saturday showed a protest in the northern town of Babol, with youths trying to remove portraits of Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, in the door of a university while passers-by shouted “death to the dictator”. .”

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