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Iran: 12th night of protests, ex-president Rafsanjani’s daughter arrested



The regime is once again resorting to terrorizing its people into submission.

“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies…” (Qur’an 8:60)

“Iranians hold 12th night of protests; ex-president Rafsanjani’s daughter arrested,” AFP, September 27, 2022:

TEHRAN — Iranians on Tuesday staged a 12th straight night of protests over the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, in defiance of a crackdown that a rights group says has killed more than 75 people….

On Tuesday authorities arrested the daughter of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for inciting protests, the Tasnim news agency said.

“Faezeh Hashemi has been arrested in the east of Tehran by a security agency for inciting rioters to street protests,” Tasnim reported, without elaborating.

Hashemi, a former lawmaker and a women’s rights activist, has had previous run-ins with the law in the Islamic republic.

In July, she was charged with carrying out propaganda activity against the country and blasphemy in social media comments, the judiciary said at the time.

Hashemi was reported to have said Iran’s demand for the Revolutionary Guards to be removed from a US terror list was “damaging” to the country’s “national interests,” according to media reports then.

Opposition media based abroad said widespread protests continued in different cities, but activists said internet restrictions were making it increasingly tough to get video footage out….

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said “around 60” people had been killed since Amini’s death on September 16, up from the official death toll of 41 authorities reported on Saturday.

But the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said at least 76 people have been killed in the crackdown.

Officials said Monday they had made more than 1,200 arrests. Those taken into custody have included activists, lawyers and journalists as well as protesters.

Health Minister Bahram Einollahi, quoted by the official news agency IRNA, accused the protesters of destroying 72 ambulances, while activists based abroad say the authorities have been using ambulances to transport security forces….

Video footage and death certificates obtained by IHR showed that “live ammunition is being directly fired at protesters,” he charged.

Riot police in black body armor have beaten protesters with truncheons in running street battles, and students have torn down large pictures of Khamenei and his late predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini….

Mahsa Alimardani, senior Iran researcher for freedom of expression group Article 19, said the internet blackout was as bad as during deadly November 2019 protests that erupted over fuel price rises….