Iranian parliamentarians “show no leniency” to protesters in a letter quoted by state-run Press TV on Sunday as thousands continue to rally in the streets despite threats of arrest. ” I requested the national judiciary to do so.
The Islamic Republic is facing one of the biggest and unprecedented protests after 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini was detained by morality police for not wearing her hijab properly.
Press TV said in an open letter signed by 227 of Iran’s 290 parliamentarians urging parliamentarians to teach “good lessons” to protesters to deter others from threatening the authority of the Iranian government. reportedly seeking.
“We, the representatives of this country, urge all national officials, including the judiciary, to criticize those who wage war[against the Islamic regime]and attack people’s lives and property like Daesh[terrorists]. I ask you to treat it in a helpful way, as a good lesson in the shortest possible time,” the letter read, according to state-run Press TV.
While the method of such punishment was not specified, the MP said, “It is a red line for this[Islamic]regime, and for all the lives, property, safety and honor of our dear people.” It will prove to show no leniency,” he added. to anyone in this regard.
Iran has indicted at least 1,000 people in Tehran province for their involvement in nationwide protests over Amini’s death. Their trial is open and has been underway for over a week.
The Norwegian-based rights group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said in a report last Wednesday that dozens of protesters had been accused of “enmity against God” and “corruption on earth”. He said he would be sentenced to death.
The letter from lawmakers also reiterates earlier Iranian government claims that the ongoing protests, which it calls riots, were instigated by the United States and other enemies of Iran. The Iranian government has not provided any evidence to support claims of foreign involvement in the protests.
A senior UN official, Javaid Rehman, told the UN Security Council last week that as many as 14,000 people, including journalists, activists, lawyers and educators, had been arrested since protests erupted in Iran in mid-September. rice field.
Rehman, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, said at least 277 people had been killed in an “unabated violent response by the security forces”.
CNN cannot independently confirm the number of arrests or deaths.It is impossible for anyone other than the Iranian government to confirm exact numbers.The numbers vary among opposition groups, international rights groups and local journalists. An estimate is given.