DUBAI: Iran’s crackdown against prominent individuals linked to ongoing protests in the country continues with the arrest of prominent human rights activists in Tehran.
Bahareh Hedayat, a university student, was detained early on October 3, Radio Farda reported, as the unrest hit a crescendo in Tehran and has hit far-flung provinces in open demonstration of grievances against rigid social restrictions, political repression and a failing economy.
Hedayat is a former political prisoner who has been arrested and imprisoned several times, the report noted, quoting the BBC.
Hossein Masumi, another political activist, was arrested on October 2 with his whereabouts unknown according to his family.
Meanwhile, a group of Iranian school girls were seen in viral footage expelling an education ministry official from their school premises, according to Iran International.
The London-based TV station shared the video saying the footage was taken at a school in Gohardasht of Karaj, west of Tehran.
This viral video shows unveiled schoolgirls throwing out an Education Ministry official from their school in Gohardasht of Karaj, west of Tehran.#IranProtests#IranProtests2022#No2Hijab pic.twitter.com/3szqowDetE
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) October 3, 2022
The protest actions, spurred by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while under detention by Iran’s morality police for alleged violations of the Islamic dress code, are on their third week despite government efforts to quell them.
The Iranian government has been referring to the protests as ‘riots’ and ‘sedition’ to suppress them, and being used as basis for the detention of key personalities.