Protests, Violence, Hacking: Protesters Defy Iranian Leadership

Status: 09.10.2022 11:08 am

In Iran, the political leadership has gathered for a crisis meeting. Meanwhile, protests continue across the country. There were clashes with the security services, which resulted in another death.

Due to ongoing systemic protests in Iran, the country’s political leadership has gathered for a crisis meeting. According to the president’s office, President Ebrahim Raisi, the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary were also present.

In a joint press release from the President’s Office, they called on the people to preserve national unity and oppose “hostile conspiracies”. Iran’s supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had also previously described the anti-government protests as a foreign conspiracy.

Hacked state broadcaster shows protest call

Meanwhile, the daily “Schargh” reported that two channels of the state broadcaster IRIB had been hacked. According to “Schargh”, the news broadcasts on two channels were briefly interrupted and photos were shown of some of the women who died during the protests. The slogan “Get up and join in” was displayed.

The group Anonymous, which had already hacked several Iranian authorities in recent weeks, is said to have again been responsible for the hacking.

“The government must now think about what it is doing,” said Michael Schramm, ARD Istanbul, of the protests in Iran

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Ongoing mass protests against the regime

According to eyewitnesses, the protests continued well into the night. The willingness to use force therefore increased significantly on both sides. The police not only used tear gas against the demonstrators, but also fired paintball ammunition. The protesters reportedly threw Molotov cocktails at the officers and set fire to mobile police stations.

In the western Iranian city of Sanandaj, the capital of the Kurdistan province, a young driver was allegedly shot in the head during a demonstration. Police said protesters shot him to death, who in turn blamed the police for the death.

Seemingly strikes in multiple cities

Iran’s human rights group Hengaw said there were demonstrations and strikes in four cities after calling for mass demonstrations.

According to observers, the protests are increasingly taking the form of civil disobedience. Others also speak of a “digital revolution” as the recorded videos of the protests in the country are posted on social media. The protesters reach millions at home and abroad. This strategy makes it difficult for police and security services to crush the protests.

The protests against the Islamic system are now in their fourth week. They broke up in mid-September after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Since then, security forces have also used violence against protesters. Civil rights groups say the protests have killed more than 150 people, injured hundreds and arrested thousands.

Baerbock announces sanctions

Meanwhile, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) announced that further sanctions would be imposed on the regime in Tehran. “Anyone who beats up women and girls on the street, kidnaps people who want nothing more than to live free, arbitrarily arrests them and sentence them to death is on the wrong side of history,” Baerbock of Bild am Sonntag said. .

“We will ensure that the EU imposes travel bans on those responsible for this brutal repression and freezes their assets in the EU. We say to the people of Iran: we will assist you,” the foreign minister continued.

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