DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian shops closed in several cities on Monday after the attorney general condemned threats by “rioters” and “riots”. Shopkeeper.
Iran poses one of the most powerful challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution, following the September 16 death of Iranian Kurdish woman Martha Amini in police custody. swaying with anxiety.
Amini was arrested by Iran’s moral police for ignoring a strict hijab policy requiring women to dress modestly and wear headscarves.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Monday that an amusement park in a shopping center in Tehran was closed by judicial authorities after operators failed to wear hijabs properly.
The reformist-leaning Hamihan newspaper reported that the Moral Police had a growing presence in cities outside of Tehran.
An Iranian prosecutor on Saturday was cited by the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency for saying the moral police had been disbanded. He said he was not responsible.
Last week, Vice President for Women’s Affairs Ensieh Khazali said the hijab is part of the Islamic Republic’s general law and guarantees women’s social activism and security.
In store protests, 1500tasvir, a protest-focused Twitter account with 380,000 followers, was closed on Monday in major commercial districts such as Tehran’s bazaar and in big cities such as Karaj, Isfahan, Mashhad and Tabriz. I shared a video of the store that was done. Shiraz.
Reuters was unable to immediately verify the footage.
Iran’s Attorney General Golam Hossein Mohseni Ejay said the “rioters” were threatening shop owners to close their shops, adding that the judiciary and security services would act swiftly. Ejei added that protesters sentenced to death will be executed soon.
The Revolutionary Guard released a statement praising the judiciary and called for swift and firm sentencing of “defendants accused of crimes against national security and Islam.”
The security forces would show no mercy to “rioters, thugs and terrorists,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted a security guard as saying.
Witnesses told Reuters that riot police and Basij militia had been deployed extensively in central Tehran.
The semi-official Fars news agency has confirmed that a jewelry store owned by former Iranian football legend Ali Daei has been closed by authorities after the general strike decided to close it for three days.
Similar footage by 1500tasvir and other activist accounts was shared of closed stores in smaller cities such as Boinoord, Kerman, Savzevar, Ilam, Ardabil and Rahijan.
Iran’s Kurdish rights group Hengaw also reported that 19 cities had participated in the general strike in western Iran. Most of the country’s Kurdish population lives there.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the unrest following the death of Amini, a 22-year-old woman detained by moral police for defying hijab rules.
Reported by Dubai Newsroom.Editing by Michael Georgie and Nick McPhee
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