Tehran is cracking down on the protesters… and the chief justice is threatening executions

A leader in the “guard” spoke of the participation of “different segments” … and a human rights organization confirms the killing of 319 people

Iranian officials have raised the tone of the threat as demonstrations against the authorities continue. The head of Iran’s judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, announced on Monday his support for the execution of the death sentences against the protesters, while the head of the Revolutionary Guard in Tehran promised to confront a “company”, the day after a statement by parliamentarians calling for to confront the protesters.

Ejei said on the third day of the eighth week of protests that erupted after the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini that “the deputy head of the judiciary and the public prosecutor are following up on the key files daily. elements of the recent unrest.”

Ejei implicitly supported the death sentences handed down to the protesters, saying: “Whoever carries a firearm or cold weapon and uses it to keep pace with the enemy or as an agent of the enemy who threatens the security of the country and creates terror in a region, and at the same time kills a person, retaliation (execution) may be carried out against him.” Other charges apply to him. “We separate the protesters and those affected by feelings and emotions from the main elements who committed the crimes and received orders from the enemies,” he added. “The enemies have received a resounding defeat and are trying to carry out harmful acts, ” the state-run ISNA news agency quoted Ejei as saying.

Subsequently, Department 29 of the “Revolutionary Court” in Tehran convicted three protesters of “moharebeh”. The official IRNA news agency said the three prisoners were brought before the judiciary on charges of sabotaging public funds by setting fires, disrupting public order, assembling, collaborating and carrying out attacks against the regime. A lawyer for one of the defendants said his client burned tires on a highway, which is not considered public money.

In turn, the head of the “Revolutionary Guard” in Tehran, Hassan Hassanzadeh, threatened the protesters on Monday to deal with them “strictly”. He said the Revolutionary Guards and police had arrested 14 people from “the elements involved” in the killing of a prominent member of the Basij forces west of Tehran.

Hassanzadeh added that “the judiciary will deal seriously with those who committed crimes and caused the death of security personnel.” “Our security force to identify, identify and arrest those who cause unrest is high,” he said in an interview with the Revolutionary Guards’ affiliated Fars News Agency.

“In these protests, we encountered a wide variety of segments that entered the unrest as a result of emotions and sentiments,” Hassanzadeh said. He added: “They were deceived by the enemies because of the media atmosphere and we released them within the first hours of their warning.”

Hassanzadeh added: “Most of those detained in the recent unrest say that while following the news from the Internet, they imagined that different areas of Tehran were consumed by fire and their conditions worsened. People are served by enemies.”

A billboard indicting the US reads “The American Novel” and shows slogans added by protesters to express their demands (Twitter)

Hassanzadeh claimed that “1,500 pieces” of various types of weapons, ammunition and equipment were confiscated for “damaging places and public transport.” He considered this “quantity of weapons to show that some people planned in advance to wreak havoc in the country.” In the same context, he added: “We arrested many of them and there were a number of dual nationals.”

Meanwhile, the public prosecutor of Kermanshah province, Shahram Karmi, announced the seizure of 500 weapons in the western province. He said the weapons were “smuggled into the country through the borders of Kermanshah province to be used in killings and street conflicts.” On Sunday, the head of Iran’s border police said in a statement to state television that police had confiscated five thousand knives and daggers, in addition to quantities of firearms.

The announcement of the arms confiscation coincided with several statements by the security services on Sunday about the arrest of networks belonging to foreign intelligence agencies working to target the country’s security. The Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence service said it had arrested three cells belonging to the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization in the provinces of Isfahan, Ahwaz and Fars, without providing evidence.

This came after 277 hardliners in Iran’s parliament on Sunday called on the judiciary to “deal firmly” with the protesters. They said in a statement: “We demand that the judiciary deal with the perpetrators of these crimes and with all those who aid crimes and incite rioters,” according to “Reuters”.

During the parliamentary session, hardliner MP Hussein Jalali said that “preserving order is more important than preserving the spirit of the expected Mahdi,” according to the reformist ILNA news agency. The deputy criticized the Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, accusing him of ignoring security concerns because of his relationship with former reformist President Muhammad Khatami. “You should not put your friendship with Khatami before the origin of the Islamic Republic,” he said.

The Human Rights Activists Agency of Iran (Harana) said on Twitter that the death toll among the protesters has reached 319 since the death of Kurdish young woman Mahsa Amini while being detained by the “morality police” for allegedly wearing a “poor” headscarf in Tehran .In its daily statistics, published late Sunday, it noted that 14,823 prisoners were arrested in the protests, in 136 cities and 135 universities that witnessed protests.

In turn, the Iranian Human Rights Association published a video clip on its Twitter account on Monday from the gathering of the detainees’ families in front of the Evin prison in Tehran.

Earlier, the Kurdish human rights group Hengau said in a report on Sunday that 61 people were killed in 38 predominantly Kurdish towns during the protests. The Norway-based Human Rights Watch in Iran said on Saturday that another 118 people were killed in protests in Baluchistan province, with most of the deaths occurring on September 30 in Zahedan.

The town of Khash saw tension on Friday and at least 16 people were killed by security forces’ fire. In the city of Mariwan in Kurdistan province, 35 people were injured on Sunday after security forces prevented the city’s residents from attending the funeral of a Kurdish student who was killed while she was in Tehran.

Videos on social networks showed market strikes in the southeastern towns of Khash and Mariwan in the west of the country. Also renewed shooting in the Kurdish city.

University students continued their protest movements in Tehran and several Iranian cities. Students from Tehran University, the country’s largest university, chanted the slogan: “Salvation is our right and our strength is in our unity.”

A video clip was circulated on Sunday night showing a member of the Defense Council, Muhammad Saffar Harandi, being booed at Tabriz University in the northwestern part of the country. The students chanted the slogan “Sabahi, get away from us,” referring to Harandi’s strong ties to the Revolutionary Guards.

More than 600 professors from various Iranian universities and research centers issued a statement in support of the protesting students, warning the authorities against joining the protest movement if the protests did not follow.

The professors said, “We demand the abolition of all convictions against the civil rights of students.” They also demanded the release of all the country’s children who were arrested by the security services. And they continued: “We will join the students and use all civil channels to protest to achieve legitimate demands.”

On the other hand, more than 345 economists issued a statement calling for the release of prominent economist Daoud Suri, according to Prague-based Farsi Radio, which is sponsored by the US government.

“Release the poverty and inequality researcher,” the economists said in the statement, who was arrested last week and transferred to Evin prison for undisclosed reasons.

Meanwhile, the head of the Iranian Tourist Guide Syndicate, Mohsen Haji Saeed, confirmed the arrest of foreign tourists during the protests, saying authorities arrested “some foreign tourists who took photos of the protests out of curiosity.” “Not all the tourists who were seen in the wrong place are necessarily spies,” Haji Saeed was quoted as saying by the state-run ISNA news agency during a meeting attended by 18 parliamentarians.

He added: “The security officials responding to the protests must be told that the safety of tourists and its international implications are also important: this issue has become a crucial requirement for tourism.”

Earlier reports said 90 percent of foreign tourist reservations were canceled after authorities announced the arrest of nine foreigners in the protests.

Diplomatic tensions

Iran summoned Norway’s ambassador on Monday and described Oslo’s comments about the Islamic Republic as “unacceptable,” according to Reuters, citing the Fars for the Revolutionary Guard news agency.

Fars said the ambassador’s recall was caused by statements made by the Speaker of the Norwegian Parliament, of Iranian origin, Masoud Qarakhani. It is the second time that the Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned an ambassador during the past month and a half.

A German government spokesman said today, Monday, that the European Union will decide whether to include the Iranian “Revolutionary Guard” in a new sanctions list being drawn up.

And Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday, without disclosing its sources, that Germany and eight other EU member states intend to expand the sanctions imposed on Iran to include individuals and organizations linked to violence against protesters in Iran .

The magazine said a package of 31 proposals was presented in Brussels last Wednesday targeting individuals and institutions linked to the security sector as well as companies responsible for the crackdown in Iran. The measures include asset freezes and travel bans, she said, adding that EU foreign ministers are likely to agree to the package at their next meeting on November 14.

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