Seven folks with hyperlinks to the UK have been arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard after anti-government protests within the nation, state media says.
Protests have erupted in Iran in current months, triggered by the loss of life of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was jailed after being arrested for carrying “inappropriate attire” below Iran’s interpretation of the Islamic costume code.
According to Iranian state media: “Seven main leaders of the recent protests related to the UK were detained by intelligence services of the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) including dual nationals who were trying to leave the country.”
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No extra info, together with what sort of hyperlinks these arrested need to the UK, has been launched.
Sky News understands the Foreign Office is investigating the stories.
The protests have drawn folks from all walks of life within the nation to name for the collapse of Iran’s ruling authorities, which guidelines within the identify of Islam – the most important problem to the Islamic Republic for the reason that 1979 revolution.
The authorities has blamed the protests on those that are intent on destroying public property, claiming they’ve been educated by the likes of the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
At least two folks have been executed for collaborating within the protests, with Amnesty International criticising what it describes as “sham trials designed to intimidate those participating in the popular uprising that has rocked Iran”.
Mosen Shekari was executed on 9 December after being charged with blocking a road in Tehran and attacking a member of the nation’s safety forces with a machete, adopted by second prisoner, Majidreza Rahnavard, in reference to the protests.
Activists warn that at the very least a dozen folks have been sentenced to loss of life in closed-door hearings.
Last week, Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-winning movie The Salesman, was detained per week after posting on Instagram concerning the first man to be executed over the protests, in keeping with stories.
The 38-year-old star wrote: ”His identify was Mohsen Shekari. Every worldwide organisation who’s watching this bloodshed and never taking motion, is a shame to humanity.”
According to IRNA, the official news agency of the Islamic Republic, she was arrested after failing to provide “any paperwork in keeping with her claims”.