The latest Iranian official to call for an end to the protests in Iran is Attorney General Gollum Hossein Mohseni Ejay.
In a speech among judicial officials today, Mohseni Ejay called the protests “riots” and “claimed to support the Iranian people.” It is also those who finance the terrorists behind attacks such as those in Shiraz last Wednesday, which killed at least 13 people.
Iran’s intelligence ministry announced today that it has arrested seven people in connection with the attack, including one who allegedly acted as an accomplice to the shooter. Islamic State claimed credit for the attack. Iran has long accused the West of supporting terrorist groups that primarily attack in countries where Iran is an ally, such as Iraq and Syria.
Mohseni Ejei focused the rest of his speech on protests. He said the government has so far “showed restraint” in the protests so that individuals can be distinguished from “rioters”. He continued that while some individuals may have protests and grievances, they did not want to stand up to the government and pose a danger to the people.
“The government gave them [time] to distinguish yourself. Even some mobs may not want to stand up to the government and pursue regime change. He said law enforcement officials are working to distinguish which protesters belong to which groups.
Iran has been almost two months since the protests that rocked the country. The protests began when 22-year-old Masa Amini, who was detained for wearing a loose hijab, died while in custody by the so-called moral police. The women’s rights centered protest has been an anti-government protest from day one.
Mohseni Ejei calls the protesters mobs, mainly because the protests started when trash cans were set on fire. Today, protests take place in colleges and are mostly peaceful. The chant also primarily calls for the end of the entire Islamic Republic. Authorities can call for an end to the protests, but students gathering at colleges and chanting anti-government slogans are nearly impossible to do without shutting them down entirely, a drastic move. Yes, and will have many other effects.
Videos have surfaced of intelligence agencies and plainclothes officials arresting college students. However, the arrests led to protests calling for their release and did not result in enough fear for the students to stay home or not participate in the protests. Numerous videos of students breaking down barriers separating men and women in cafeteria halls have also surfaced.