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Iran says 40 foreigners arrested for taking part in anti-government protests

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A protester holds a portrait of Martha Amini during a demonstration in support of Amini, a young Iranian woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic Republic’s Morality Police in Tehran on September 20, 2022, on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street.

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An Iranian judicial spokesman reportedly said on Tuesday that 40 foreigners had been detained for participating in recent anti-regime protests.

The individual, whose nationality was not disclosed, was arrested in accordance with Iranian law, Iranian judicial spokesman Massoud Setaesi said at a regular news briefing. state media email news report.

As Iran plunges into its ninth week of social unrest after the death of 22-year-old Martha Amini, the country’s Revolutionary Court has announced handed down the first large number of death sentences For its role in one of the greatest ongoing challenges to the Iranian regime since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneihad in the early stages of the protest accused foreigners “Enemies” to organize what he called “riots”.

In late September, nine Europeans from France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, etc. participated. arrested by the Iranian government for participating in protests.

Two weeks ago, the Iranian judiciary announced: 1,024 indictments Issued in connection with protests in Tehran alone, according to human rights groups Amnesty InternationalOf this number, 21 detainees were charged with security-related crimes and sentenced to death.

Two months ago, Amini, 22, who was arrested by the country’s “morality police” for violating Iran’s strict rules on wearing the hijab, died in custody after reportedly receiving multiple blows to the head. Iranian authorities claimed she died of a heart attack, but her family and the Iranian public have accused the government of a cover-up.

Iran currently holds Second place The number of recorded executions is second only to China.

At least 378 people died in nationwide protests, according to Norway-based non-governmental organization human rights in iran.

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