Students joined protesters who took to the streets of Iran on Wednesday as protests stemming from the death of Mahsa Amini continued through the 83rd.
Protesting students joined merchants across the country who have closed their shops and gone on strike in recent days, Iran’s National Council of Resistance. reported on wednesdayas tensions between the Iranian regime and protesters continued to escalate following Amini’s death in September.
Iranian government forces have reportedly sealed off many shops across the country in retaliation for joining the trade strike, and protesters reportedly clashed with government forces on Wednesday.
Later Wednesday night, protesters marched in Tehran’s Azadi Square chanting “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to the dictator” despite the heavy presence of Iranian security forces who opened fire on the crowd intermittently. with pellet guns.
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Ali Safavi, a member of the Foreign Affairs committee of Iran’s National Council of Resistance, told Fox News Digital that the protests and strikes are taking place in some 80 cities across the country and in 40 locations in Tehran.
“It is time for the international community to move beyond words and symbolic sanctions and take concrete action, including breaking diplomatic ties, expelling regime envoys and recognizing the right of the Iranian people to defend themselves,” Saffavi said. . “A misogynistic regime that kills children has no place in the community of civilized nations. Its leaders, including Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi, must be held to account.”
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Protests, which have turned deadly at times, erupted across Iran and the world following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in custody in September after being arrested by the “morality police” for failing to wear the country’s mandatory headscarf for women.
Human rights groups say security forces have killed at least 448 people and made as many as 18,000 arrests. Some 60 children are believed to have been killed by the regime during the protests.
On Thursday, Iran carried out what appeared to be the first execution of a protester who took part in the uprising.
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Mohsen Shekari, 23, was hanged on Thursday morning after being found guilty by a Revolutionary Court of “enmity against God”.
An Iranian media outlet known as Mizan, which is linked to Tehran’s judicial system, said the 23-year-old was charged with wielding a machete, injuring a police officer and blocking access to a street in Tehran on 25 September. September with the “intent to kill”. and create terror and deprive people of liberty and security.”
His fellow activists claimed that he was convicted after a “show trial” lacking due process.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.