Why Saudi Arabia Is So Quiet About Iran’s Protests
The kingdom’s rulers may have managed their own social pressures better, but they’re wary of the tumult that’s shaking their neighbor.The Saudi silence stems from lessons the kingdom absorbed during the events that turned the Persian monarchy into an Islamic Republic: Wait until the outcome is clear, and then wait some more. The protests that brought down the shah in 1979 unfolded over more than a year. Although today’s protests have become the greatest challenge to the Islamic Republic since that time, no rapid conclusion seems likely; hence the Saudi policy of watchful waiting.
© (photo credit: REUTERS) Iran protests
Around 50 police have been killed in the protests shaking Iran since September, the deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, giving a first official death toll amid an intensified crackdown on Kurdish areas in recent days.
Iranian security forces have clashed with protesters across the country, with the UN rights commission saying more than 300 demonstrators have been killed since the death in custody of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16.
UN rights chief Volker Turk said on Thursday Iran faced a "full-fledged human rights crisis" with 14,000 people arrested so far, including children. He was speaking ahead of a special session in Geneva with a possible vote on setting up a fact-finding mission.
Iran’s regime struggles with fear of losing a generation to protests -analysis
So how does Iran suggest putting the genie of protests back in the bottle? Iran's former education minister doesn’t have a lot of good answers but his few insights are worth looking at. He notes that “teenagers born in the 80s have many differences with their previous generations in terms of needs and even lifestyle.”Indeed, those born in the generation prior to the 80s were involved in the Revolution of 1979. Those born in the 80s have lived their whole life under theocracy and are now in their 40s were never able to confront the regime.
"Around 50 police officers were killed during the protests and hundreds were injured," said Iran's deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani, who is also Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, in an interview on Indian television.
© Provided by The Jerusalem Post Iranian women chant during a protest condemning the Shiraz attack and unrest in Tehran, Iran October 28, 2022 (credit: WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS) Iranian women chant during a protest condemning the Shiraz attack and unrest in Tehran, Iran October 28, 2022 (credit: WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS)
He gave no figure for the number of protesters killed but said the Interior Ministry had formed a panel to investigate the deaths. Iranian state media reported last month that 46 security forces had been killed but without citing officials.
The Truth About an Alarming Rumor of Mass Executions in Iran—and What’s Really Happening Now
The government may not be able to afford to execute protestors.The prime minister deleted that tweet after many fact checkers flagged it as false. But what is happening in Iran now? Information right now is scarce because access to the internet in Iran has been severely restricted, and the government has actively spread false stories. But human rights lawyer Hossein Raeesi, who practiced law in Iran for two decades before he fled, has been able to keep a close eye on the events as they unfold through secret communications with people on the ground, some of whom have been arrested for protesting.
The protests triggered by Amini's death after she was detained by morality police for attire deemed inappropriate under Iran's strict Islamic dress code quickly spread all over Iran. Anger has focused on women's rights but protesters have also called for the fall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The dear Kurds of Iran have endured many sufferings such as severe ethnic discrimination, severe religious pressure, poverty and economic hardships. Is it just to respond to their protest with war bullets?Molavi Abdulhamid
Iran's clerical rulers have recently hardened the crackdown in Kurdish areas, with the UN Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Jeremy Laurence saying on Tuesday there were reports of more than 40 killed there over the past week.
A parliament member from the mainly Kurdish city of Mahabad said he had been issued repeated summons by the judiciary for his stance in support of protesters.
Iran soccer players refuse to sing national anthem at World Cup game
Iran's soccer team refused to sing the national anthem before its first World Cup game in Qatar in an apparent protest of Iran's government and support for ongoing protests in the country over women's rights.Iran's team members stood in a line, with arms around one another wearing no expressions, as their anthem played before the World Cup game against England.
"The judiciary has raised a complaint against me as a representative of the mourning people instead of conserving the legal rights of the protesting people and the families of victims in Mahabad and Kurdish cities," Jalal Mahmoudzadeh tweeted on Wednesday.
Religious clerics receive threats
Prominent Sunni Muslim cleric Molavi Abdulhamid, who has been outspoken in criticizing the treatment of Iran's mostly Sunni ethnic minorities by the mainly Shi'ite ruling elite, tweeted on Wednesday against the crackdown in Kurdish areas.
"The dear Kurds of Iran have endured many sufferings such as severe ethnic discrimination, severe religious pressure, poverty and economic hardships. Is it just to respond to their protest with war bullets?" tweeted Molavi.
The United States has sanctioned three Iranian security officials over the crackdown in Kurdish-majority areas, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.
Russia, China Join Forces Against Push to Punish Iran .
Facing growing pressure to assist each other on the global stage, Russia and China backed Iran in an international vote on the country's recent crackdowns.On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council held a special session to address "the deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially with respect to women and children" and voted on a resolution to promote accountability for the alleged atrocities.