Iran accused the US on Monday of attempting to destabilize the nation by using discontent sparked by the death of a woman in police custody, and warned that it would not go unanswered, as the country's largest rallies since 2019 showed no signs of abating.
Pro-government demonstrators oppose the latest protest rallies in Iran following the Friday prayer service on September 23, 2022 in Tehran, Iran. Iranians have launched widespread protests in response to the death last week of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was held by morality police for wearing "unsuitable clothes." Image Credit : (West Asia News Agency)
Iran has pushed down on widespread protests spurred by the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, after she was imprisoned by morality police enforcing the Islamic Republic's harsh clothing rules on women.
The case has sparked widespread outrage. Iran claimed that the US was aiding riots and attempting to destabilize the Islamic Republic.
Washington has repeatedly attempted to undermine Iran's stability and security, but to no avail, according to Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry. Nour news is connected to a leading security organization.
Kanaani accused some European and American officials of using a terrible tragedy to promote "rioters" and disregarding "the presence of millions of people in the streets and squares of the country in favor of the system" on his Instagram page.
According to a representative for the German foreign ministry, Germany summoned the Iranian ambassador in Berlin on Monday in response to the crackdown.
When asked if more sanctions on Tehran would be considered in response to the disturbance, the spokeswoman stated that "we will evaluate all alternatives" with other member states of the European Union.
Following charges of torture against Iranian women, the United States last week placed penalties on Iran's morality police, claiming that the unit was to blame for Amini's passing.
On Sunday, Iran summoned the embassies of Norway and the United Kingdom in response to what it claimed were media attacks and intervention in the protests.
The anti-government demonstrations are the biggest to hit the nation since riots over petrol prices in 2019, when 1,500 people were reportedly murdered in a crackdown on protestors - the worst period of domestic unrest in the Islamic Republic's history, according to Reuters.
According to official television, at least 41 people have been murdered in the latest violence, which began on September 17.
President Ebrahim Raisi has stated that Iran guarantees free expression and has requested an investigation into Amini's murder.
In a statement released on social media on Sunday, the primary Iranian teachers' organization called for the first nationwide strike since the protests began on Monday and Wednesday.
Women have been active in the protests, waving and burning their veils.
In a viral video, the sister of a man slain in anti-government protests, Javad Heydari, cuts her hair on his grave in defiance of Iran's stringent Islamic dress code. Reuters was unable to confirm the video's veracity.
In an attempt to ease the problem, the government has organized demonstrations.
Although the protests over Amini's killing are a serious challenge to the administration, observers believe there is no imminent threat to the country's leaders because Iran's elite security forces have previously suppressed rallies.
Iran has accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of being involved in the disturbance, notably in the northwest, which is home to the majority of Iran's up to 10 million Kurds.
According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Iran's Revolutionary Guards conducted an artillery and drone strike on Iranian militant opposition positions in northern Iraq's Kurdish area.