Neue Protestwelle im Iran
Seit Tagen waren diese neuen Proteste angekündigt, die zum "Feuerfest" beginnen und bis über Newroz in einer Woche andauern sollen. Heute Nacht kommen Berichte aus unzähligen Städten des Iran:
The Iranian government made nationwide arrests on Monday and Tuesday following more protests marking the Chaharshanbe Suri, the ancient festival of fire that falls on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year on the Persian calendar.
Videos posted by activists on social media showed litter bins on fire amid chants of "women, life, freedom" in the southern districts of the capital, Tehran, in the southeastern flashpoint city of Zahedan and in several Kurdish cities, where security forces had been deployed en masse.
Opposition activist collective 1500 Tasvir released photos it said had been sent from Iranians preparing Molotov cocktails to target government and military buildings. The footage went viral of a monument of slain Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in the city of Zanjan burning in flames after being hit with one such weapon.
"We will set fire to headscarves on Chaharshanbe Suri," read some wall graffiti, referencing a symbolic act of defiance that has been central to the protests against the Islamic Republic's mandatory hijab law, a fundamental tenet of the ruling theocracy.
Yet in preemptive measures, Iran's security forces conducted mass arrests in five provinces. In a statement published by the government-run IRNA news agency on Monday, the country's Intelligence Ministry linked the arrested individuals to exiled opposition groups Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. It also reported the confiscation of caches of explosives during those operations.
The hard-line commander of the Iranian Police, Ahmad-Reza Radan, also issued stern warnings against any protests, advising parents to "mind" their children as he vowed action against those who "cross the line."
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