Authorities have arrested 450 new protesters in northern Iran where more than 700 people have already been arrested for participating in protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of vice police, state media said on Monday.
“During the unrest of the past few days, 450 rioters were arrested in Mazandaran,” said the province’s attorney general, Mohammad Karimi, quoted by the official Irna agency.
On Saturday, the authorities reported 739 demonstrators arrested, including 60 women in Guilan, neighboring province of Mazandaran, in the north of the country.
The protests began on September 16, the date of the death of Mahsa Amini arrested three days earlier in Tehran for “inappropriate wearing of clothes” in the Islamic Republic where the dress code for women is strict, in particular the wearing of the Islamic veil.
The protest movement has spread to several cities in the country, where demonstrators have shouted anti-government slogans, according to local media.
“Over the past few days, rioters have attacked government buildings and damaged public property in parts of Mazandaran under the direction of foreign agents,” he said.
On Sunday, the head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeï, threatened to show “no leniency” towards the demonstrators and called on the police to act “firmly” against “those who undermine to security”.
According to a non-detailed official report, including demonstrators and police, 41 people were killed in ten days of protests. But the toll could be heavier, with the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) reporting at least 57 protesters killed.
The Tasnim news agency published around 20 photos of protesters on Monday, including women, in various streets of Qom, an important Shiite holy city located nearly 150 km south of the capital.
The military and security institutions published these images of the “leaders of the riots” and called on the inhabitants to “identify them and inform the authorities”, added the agency.