News ID: 324299
Published: 0125 GMT September 27, 2022

Mass rallies in Tehran denounce riots, acts of sacrilege

Mass rallies in Tehran denounce riots, acts of sacrilege
IRNA
People in the Iranian capital Tehran hold massive rallies on September 25, 2022, carrying placards and chanting slogans to denounce the latest riots that erupted in a number of cities over the past week.

Huge crowds of people took to the streets in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday to denounce acts of vandalism and desecration of Islamic sanctities by rioters over the past week following the death of a young Iranian woman after she was taken into a police station.

The protesters carried placards and chanted slogans to strongly condemn the evil acts committed by a handful of mercenaries serving foreign enemies, who set fire to the Holy Qur’an, mosques, and the national flags and forcefully removed women’s headscarves on the streets, Press TV reported.

Sunday protesters in Tehran carried national flags and placards, chanting slogans against the foreign-backed rioters, the United States and Israel, as well as Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) anti-Iran terrorist group.

The protesters also announced their unwavering support for the police force and measures they have taken to restore calm across the country following days of violent riots. They gave flowers to police personnel along the path of the demonstration.

They strongly condemn the acts of sabotage committed by a handful of the foreign enemies’ mercenaries.

The Iranian administration's spokesman, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, was among officials attending the rallies in Tehran.

The demonstrators also held a funeral procession for a member of the voluntary Basij force who was killed by rioters in Tehran while trying to restore security to the capital city.

At the end of the demonstration, the participants issued a statement calling on all concerned officials to take necessary measures to identify and punish those rioters who insulted people’s sanctities and damaged public property.

They also asked for the punishment of all those who spread false information and rumors on various social media platform in a bid to add fuel to the fire of riots.

The massive protests in Tehran came after earlier in the day, millions of Iranians took to the streets across the nation in condemnation of the acts of vandalism and desecration of Islamic sanctities by rioters in the past few days after violent street protests erupted in several Iranian cities over the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini.

People held rallies in many cities and towns, including the holy city of Mashhad, the northwestern city of Qazvin, the central city of Isfahan as well as the western cities of Hamedan and Yasuj, to show their unity and outrage over the recent acts of sabotage perpetrated by the rioters.

They strongly condemned the crimes and evil acts committed by the foreign enemies’ mercenaries.

Amini died at the hospital on September 16 a few days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran, where she and a group of others were receiving educational training on dress code rules.

Despite Iranian officials’ clarification on the circumstances surrounding Amini’s death, violent street protests have led to attacks on security officers and acts of vandalism against public property and sanctities.

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said on Saturday that those who have disrupted the security and peace of the country will be dealt with “decisively”.

Speaking on Friday, Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the riots that have followed Amini's death, had nothing to do with the tragic event, stating that the issue was being exploited by rabble-rousers to instigate chaos and wreak havoc across the country.

Last week, Iranian police released CCTV footage, which shows Amini collapsing in the police station. The video rejected claims that she was beaten up, denying any physical contact with her.

Massoud Shirvani, a neurosurgeon, told IRIB TV2 television channel on September 20 that the deceased woman had a brain tumor removed at the age of eight.

“Mahsa Amini was treated with drugs after the surgery under the supervision of an endocrinologist,” the physician said.

On Tuesday, the Iranian people once again held rallies across the country to deplore the acts of vandalism and desecration of Islamic sanctities by foreign-backed rioters in the past few days.

They took to the streets in cities and towns, including the holy city of Mashhad, on Tuesday on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth infallible Imam of Shia Muslims, to voice their anger over the foreign-backed unrest.

The protesters carried placards and chanted slogans in condemnation of the crimes committed by the rioters.

The demonstrators in Mashhad, the city that hosts the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in Khorasan Razavi Province, renewed their allegiance to the Islamic Republic’s ideals and the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

 

Violence in Europe

 

Violent rioters who assembled in front of the Islamic Center of England in northwest London on Sunday faced stiff resistance from the supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran who joined the police to foil the unruly demonstration.

The crowd of demonstrators affiliated with the MKO terrorist group had gathered in Maida Vale on Sunday, throwing stones at the police and the windows of the center and breaking the glass.

One of the rioters climbed his way to the top of the center’s roof but was stopped by the police officers before he could vandalize the property.

Earlier in the day, at least five people were arrested for resorting to "aggressive acts" following violent protests in front of the Iranian Embassy in London, according to reports.

This came after hundreds of unruly demonstrators clashed with riot police in London over Amini’s death.

The demonstrators reportedly pelted stones at the police and resorted to vandalism outside the Iranian diplomatic mission in the country.

Large crowds have been gathering all week outside the Knightsbridge compound in protest against Amini’s death.

Holding signs in their hands, the demonstrators chanted slogans against Iranian officials and the Islamic Republic of Iran, leading to violent altercations.

Apart from the UK, there have been demonstrations in other European countries as well, including Italy and France.

Footage circulating on social media showed French police officers making several protesters lie on the ground and handcuffing them.

By throwing Molotov cocktails and chanting derogatory slogans against the French police and the Iranian government, the participants tried to force the officers to retreat. However, their efforts were thwarted by the police.

 

 

 

   
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Resource: Press TV
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