Iranian lawmakers demand tough penalties for ‘rioters’ as protests rage

Hardline Iranian lawmakers on Sunday urged the judiciary to “deal decisively” with the perpetrators of unrest, as the Islamic Republic struggles to quell the biggest show of dissent in years.

Widespread anti-government protests erupted in September after the death of young Iranian Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by vice squad for allegedly flouting the strict dress code imposed on women. “We call on the judiciary to deal decisively with the perpetrators of these crimes and all those who participated in the crimes and provoked the riots,” 227 lawmakers in Iran’s hardline-led 290-seat parliament said in a statement, according to official media.

The militant HRANA news agency said 318 protesters were killed in the unrest on Saturday, including 49 minors. Thirty-eight members of the security forces were also killed, he added. State media said last month that more than 46 members of the security forces, including police, had been killed. Government officials did not provide an estimate of a broader death toll.

Iranian leaders have vowed to take tough action against protesters they have called rioters, accusing enemies including the United States of fomenting unrest. Demonstrations continued on Sunday in many cities, from Tehran to the central city of Yazd and the northern city of Rasht, according to rights groups and videos on social media.

A video posted to Twitter showed protesters in southern Tehran after dark chanting: “Religious people are getting lost”. Reuters could not independently verify the reports by rights groups, or the social media posts and images.

In the Kurdish town of Marivan, rights group Hengaw said security forces opened fire on crowds that had gathered after the funeral of another woman, Nasrin Ghaderi, to protest her death . Hengaw said Ghaderi died in a coma on Saturday after suffering severe beatings to the head by security forces during a protest in Tehran.

A prosecutor, quoted by state media, said Ghaderi had a pre-existing heart condition and died of “poisoning”, without going into details. There was no immediate official comment on the gunfire report. Weeks after Amini’s death, a coroner’s report denied that Amini died from blows to the head while in custody, as claimed by her parents, and linked her death to medical conditions. past.

Students from a dozen universities, including in the northern cities of Rasht and Amol, staged protests on Sunday chanting “death to the dictator”, a reference to Iran’s supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to unverified social media videos. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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