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Iranian police vow to confront mass protests with ‘all their might’

A woman holds up a sign depicting a picture of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died while in the custody of Iranian authorities, during a solidarity demonstration in Syria's northeastern city of Hasakeh on September 25, 2022. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)
A woman holds up a sign depicting a picture of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died while in the custody of Iranian authorities, during a solidarity demonstration in Syria's northeastern city of Hasakeh on September 25, 2022. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)

Iran’s police warn they will confront “with all their might” women-led protests that erupted nearly two weeks ago over the death of Mahsa Amini in custody, despite growing calls for restraint.

Dozens of people have been killed since demonstrations erupted when the 22-year-old Kurdish woman died after being arrested in Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic Republic’s strict rules on hijab headscarves and modest clothing.

Widespread protests took place for a 12th straight night on Tuesday, according to opposition media based outside Iran, despite internet restrictions designed to impede gatherings and prevent images of the crackdown getting out.

“Police officers will oppose with all their might the conspiracies of counter-revolutionaries and hostile elements, and deal firmly with those who disrupt public order and security anywhere in the country,” the police say.

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