“The essential level of the (previous) protests was that they had been reform-seeking and never aimed toward overthrowing” the system, stated Qalibaf. “I ask all who’ve any (causes to) protest to not permit their protest to show into destabilizing and toppling” of establishments.
Hundreds of Iranians have taken to the streets during the last two weeks to protest the dying of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old girl who had been detained by Iran’s morality police within the capital of Tehran for allegedly not adhering to Iran’s strict Islamic gown code.
The protesters have vented their anger over the remedy of ladies and wider repression within the Islamic Republic. The nationwide demonstrations quickly escalated into requires the overthrow of the clerical institution that has dominated Iran since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
The protests have drawn supporters from varied ethnic teams, together with Kurdish opposition actions within the northwest of Iran that function alongside the border with neighboring Iraq. Amini was an Iranian Kurd and the protests first erupted in Kurdish areas.
Iranian state TV has reported that at the least 41 protesters and police have been killed for the reason that demonstrations started Sept. 17. An Related Press rely of official statements by authorities tallied at the least 14 lifeless, with greater than 1,500 demonstrators arrested.
Qalibaf, the parliament speaker, is a former influential commander within the paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Together with the president and the pinnacle of the judiciary, he’s considered one of three rating officers who take care of all essential problems with the nation.
The three meet commonly and generally meet with Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has remaining say on all state issues.
Qalibaf stated he believes a lot of these participating in current protests had no intention of looking for to overthrow the federal government to start with and claimed foreign-based opposition teams had been fomenting protests aimed toward tearing down the system. Iranian authorities haven’t offered proof for his or her allegations of international involvement within the protests.
“Creating chaos within the streets will weaken social integrity, jeopardizing the economic system whereas growing stress and sanctions by the enemy,” he stated, referring to longstanding crippling U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Qalibaf promised to “amend the constructions and strategies of the morality police” to stop a recurrence of what occurred to Amini. The younger girl died within the custody of the morality police. Her household alleged she was crushed, whereas officers declare she died of a coronary heart assault.
His remarks got here after a closed assembly of parliament and a quick rally by lawmakers to voice assist for Khamenei and the police, chanting “dying to hypocrites,” a reference to Iranian opposition teams.
The assertion by Qalibaf is seen as an attraction to Iranians to cease their protests whereas supporting police and the safety equipment.
In the meantime, the hard-line Kayhan day by day stated Sunday that knife-carrying protesters attacked the newspaper constructing Saturday and shattered home windows with rocks. It stated they left when Guard members had been deployed to the positioning.
On Saturday, protests continued on the Tehran College campus and in close by neighborhoods and witnesses stated they noticed many younger ladies waving their head scarves above their heads in a gesture of defiance. Social media carried movies purportedly displaying comparable protests on the Mashhad and Shiraz universities however The Related Press couldn’t independently confirm their authenticity.
A protester close to Tehran College, 19-year-old Fatemeh who solely gave her first identify for worry of repercussions, stated she joined the demonstration “to cease this habits by police in opposition to youthful individuals particularly ladies.”
Abdolali, a 63-year-old instructor who additionally declined to provide his final identify, stated he was shot twice within the foot by police. He stated: “I’m right here to accompany and assist my daughter. I as soon as participated within the 1979 Islamic Revolution that promised justice and freedom; it’s time to materialize them.”
There have been no speedy official studies of Sunday demonstrations, although some on social media stated protests had resumed at universities in Tehran and Mashhad.
Additionally on Sunday, media retailers reported the dying of one other Revolutionary Guard member within the southeastern metropolis of Zahedan. That introduced to 5 the variety of IRG members killed in an assault on a police station by gunmen that, in accordance with state media, left 19 individuals lifeless.
It wasn’t clear if the assault, which Iran stated was carried out by separatists, was associated to the anti-government protests gripping Iran.