Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, reportedly stated that the country needed to “deal decisively” with “those who opposed security and tranquilly” at the same time that at least 35 people were reported dead as a result of the hijab protests that broke out in Iran. Iranian state media reported the information.
The words were made by Mr. Raisi during a telephone call of sympathy to the family of a security agent who was stabbed to death the previous week. It is believed that the security agent was killed by protestors who were outraged about the murder of a young lady who was in police custody.
Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish lady who was 22 years old and had been arrested in Tehran for wearing the hijab in a “inappropriate” fashion, was declared dead a few days after her imprisonment.
On Friday, as Iran’s president returned home from a trip to the United Nations, the country’s army issued a warning of violence against the country’s increasingly widespread and violent anti-government demonstrations.
According to a statement released by the Iranian armed forces, “the army is ready to protect the security and interests of the Iranian country against the plots of the adversaries.” “The men of the army completely back their friends in the police forces, and they are ready to deal with the different conspiracies that have been devised by the adversaries.”
The warning came as demonstrators were making preparations on Friday for what would be the ninth consecutive night of street confrontations with police forces.
“Both sides are ready to come out in full force,” said Mehdi Hajati, a former member of the municipal council of Shiraz who is now an activist living in exile. Mehdi Hajati is now residing in another country.
The arrest of Amini by morality patrols on claims that she violated Islamic dress standards and her subsequent death, the cause of which has not been determined, have prompted a week of extraordinary mass demonstrations throughout the whole of Iran.
The unplanned nightly rallies have pulled in tens of thousands of people from across the country’s socioeconomic and ethnic boundaries, with many of them shouting for the removal of the religious police from their positions of authority.
However, it seemed as if the dictatorship was getting ready to step up its efforts to put down the demonstrations.
It has also arrested hundreds of individuals, including prominent activists and journalists, and imprisoned them at their homes while doing so. The internet bandwidth has been restricted, and access to social media sites has been blocked.
At least 211 individuals were detained on suspicion of inciting or participating in a disturbance in the province of Gilan, which is located in the vicinity of the Caspian Sea.
Prior to this point, the official death toll stood at 17, including five members of the security forces.