The Iranian army will stand up to the enemy to ensure security in the country, the army said on Friday. The demonstrations are part of the enemy’s diabolical strategy to weaken the Islamic Republic. According to Iranian media, both protests and demonstrations by government supporters are planned for Friday.Tehran. The trigger for the protests, which have been going on for days, was the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She died a week ago in a hospital in the capital, Tehran. She had previously been arrested by the vice squad for violating the strict Islamic dress code.
The protests started in the predominantly Kurdish north-west of the country, where Amini is from, and quickly spread to other parts of Iran, including the capital. The Kurdish human rights group Hengaw reported 15 dead and more than 700 injured. The Iranian media reported 280 arrests on Thursday alone.
Investigations launched into Amini’s death
The Iranian government responded by blocking the internet. She apparently fears that the protests could reach the proportions of 2019. At that time, 1,500 people lost their lives, the worst since the Islamic Republic was founded in 1979. President Ebrahim Raisi said on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he had initiated investigations into Mahsa Amini’s death. There is freedom of speech in the country, but the spread of chaos cannot be tolerated.
The German government called for a speedy investigation into the case on Friday. “The federal government is equally dismayed that numerous other people have apparently lost their lives in the nationwide protests over the death of Ms. Amini,” said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit. “What is important now is a quick and immediate investigation into the death of Mahsa Amini.”