©Health & Fitness Journal. FILE PHOTO: A newspaper with a cover photo of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s Morality Police, is seen September 18, 2022 in Tehran, Iran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS// File Photo
DUBAI (Health & Fitness Journal) – Hardline Iranian lawmakers on Sunday urged the judiciary to deal “firmly” with perpetrators of unrest as the Islamic Republic struggles to quash the biggest dissent in years.
Widespread anti-government demonstrations erupted in September following the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by vice squads for allegedly violating strict dress codes for women.
“We call on the judiciary to deal decisively with the perpetrators of these crimes and with all those who aided in the crimes and provoked rioters,” 227 deputies of Iran’s 290-seat parliament with tough leadership said in a statement, according to state media.
The activist news agency HRANA said 318 demonstrators had been killed in the riots as of Saturday, including 49 minors. 38 members of the security forces were also killed, it said.
State media reported last month that more than 46 security forces, including police officers, had been killed. Government officials have not provided an estimate of a larger number of deaths.
Iranian leaders have promised a crackdown on protesters they have labeled rioters and accused enemies, including the United States, of fomenting the unrest.
Demonstrations continued in many cities on Sunday, from Tehran to the central city of Yazd and the northern city of Rasht, according to human rights groups and videos on social media.
Health & Fitness Journal has not been able to independently verify the rights groups’ reports or the social media posts and footage.
In the Kurdish city of Marivan, human rights group Hengaw said security forces opened fire on crowds gathered after the funeral of another woman, Nasrin Ghaderi, to protest her death.
Hengaw said Ghaderi died in a coma on Saturday after suffering severe blows to the head from security forces during a demonstration in Tehran.
A prosecutor quoted by state media said Ghaderi already had a heart problem and died of “poisoning,” without going into further detail. There was no immediate official comment on the gunshot report.
Weeks after Amini’s death, a coroner’s report denied that Amini had died in custody as a result of a beating to the head, as claimed by her parents, and linked her death to previous illnesses.
Students at a dozen universities, including in the northern cities of Rasht and Amol, protested on Sunday, chanting “Death to the dictator,” a reference to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to unconfirmed videos shared on social media.