0432 GMT December 01, 2022
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on Sunday called for reforms following the death of a woman who had been arrested by the morality police in Tehran last month.
Mahsa Amini, 22, had a heart attack, according to the initial reports, after police took her for improper hijab on September 13. The Kurdish woman died in a hospital three days later while in a coma.
Her death sparked days of street protests in a number of cities which later turned violent, killing dozens of demonstrators and security forces and causing damage to public property.
“The structure and methods of the morality police should be reformed in a way that such incidents do not recur,” Qalibalf told an open session of Parliament.
He vowed to pursue reform among the morality police, within his power.
The top lawmaker also said, “the whys and wherefores” of Amini’s death must be investigated seriously and any “possible negligence” must be dealt with without overlooking any aspect of the matter.
Authorities said anti-Iran groups and terrorists tried to piggyback on the protests and in some cities they hijacked rallies to push for the downfall of the Islamic Republic.
Qalibaf said many protesters “did not have a subversive goal” in the beginning, but later anti-Iran groups provoked them and “instigated riots in order to topple the Islamic Establishment”.
He advised all protesters not to allow their protests to be deviated toward subversion so that their demands for reform would not be sidelined.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry accused the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia of “direct” involvement in the recent deadly riots.
The ministry also said more than 120 members of anti-Iran terrorist groups, including the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization, PJAK and Komala party, were arrested in the course of the riots.
Iran’s Judiciary chief has already said that riot ringleaders would face harsh punishment.
An unknown number of university students were also apprehended in the protests.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, however, said Sunday that most of them had been released.
Plot to isolate Iran failed
President Ebrahim Raeisi said Sunday that Iran’s enemies tried to “isolate the country but their plot failed”.
The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps on Sunday said that the U.S. used its last resort to set Iranian youth against the Islamic Republic.
“Americans want to mobilize our youths against the Islamic Establishment by means of trickery and deception. This is the last policy of the enemies… But we have the experience and knowledge of the enemy. Lack of knowledge is the cause of failure, while knowledge always ensures victory,” Major General Hossein Salami said.
He warned that Iran would “trounce” the U.S., Britain and Saudi Arabia and that they can never “infiltrate this land”.