In response to the wave of protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, several thousand Iranians marched to defend the government against a movement accused of violating religious precepts and playing into the hands of the United States.
Thousands of people marched in Tehran and several Iranian cities on September 23 to defend the veil and the government, denouncing the “plotters”, according to the Iranian news agency Irna. The term refers to demonstrators who have been protesting for nearly a week over the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in hospital days after being arrested by police who denied being responsible for the death.
Advocating the end of the veil is doing American politics
Faced with this protest movement, marches in support of the authorities took place after the prayer on September 23, the Mehr news agency referring to a “large demonstration by the Iranian people to condemn the plotters”. Imam Seyed Ahmad Khatami, in his sermon at the University of Tehran, called “firmly on the judiciary to act quickly against the rioters who brutalize people, set fire to public property and burn the Koran”. “Punish these criminals with the weapon of the law,” he said.
The faithful, for their part, held up signs thanking the police, “the backbone of the country” and criticized the women who burn their veils, which appeared in several videos widely relayed on social networks. “To advocate the end of the veil is to play American politics,” they chanted.
Other demonstrations of support for the police also took place in several cities of the country such as Isfahan (center), Tabriz (north-west), Qom (north) and Ahvaz (west). “Today more than ever, the tree of the Revolution is strong and rooted,” some of the protesters said in a statement, also condemning “the plotters and those who violated the sacred precepts of religion.”
Praising the “efforts and sacrifices of the police”, the Revolutionary Guards for their part assured that the recent “conspiracy of the enemy” would be “doomed to failure”. For his part, the head of the judiciary, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, warned that “those who damaged public and government property, disobeyed the police or were linked to foreign spy services” should be treated “without any indulgence”.
The death of Mahsa Amini, the starting point of the demonstrations
Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothes” by the morality police, the unit responsible for enforcing the Islamic Republic’s dress code. She died three days later in hospital, and her death sparked a series of protests across the country.
At least 17 people have been killed in these protests, marked by clashes between demonstrators and security forces, according to a report by the authorities, while NGOs such as the Center for Human Rights in Iran, based in New York, advance claims. higher balance sheets. “Independent sources speak of 36 deaths”, indicated the NGO on September 22 on Twitter. According netblocks, another London-based NGO that tracks Internet outages, connections were once again severely disrupted in the country on September 23. She said they were the “toughest” restrictions since a previous wave of riots in November 2019, more related to the country’s difficult economic situation.
The West, for its part, has multiplied the condemnations against the authorities, the United States announcing new economic sanctions aimed precisely at the morality police. Iranian President Ebrahim Raïsi affirmed on September 22, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, that an investigation would be opened into this death, while denouncing the “hypocrisy” of the Western powers, less forthcoming according to him on the action of their own police forces.