After the public prosecutor stated that the morality police whose detention of a young woman sparked months of protests had been shut down, protesters in Iran called for a three-day strike this week.
Iranian state media stated that Public Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was not in charge of overseeing the force. The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the morality police, did not confirm the closure. Despite 11 weeks of protests against the strict regulations, high-ranking Iranian officials have repeatedly stated that Tehran would not alter the Islamic Republic’s mandatory hijab policy, which requires women to dress modestly and wear headscarves. Iran protesters call for a strike
After the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman who was detained by the morality police for violating the rules regarding hijab, the unrest that began in September has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people. According to individual posts shared on Twitter by unverified Reuters accounts, protesters wishing to maintain their challenge to Iran’s clerical rulers have called for a three-day economic strike and a rally on Wednesday at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square. Iran protesters call for a strike
On the same day as Student Day in Iran, President Ebrahim Raisi is scheduled to address students in Tehran.
Some of the largest anti-government protests since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution have been sparked by similar calls for strike action and mass mobilization over the past few weeks. As of Saturday, the activist news agency HRANA reported that 470 protesters, including 64 minors, had been killed.
The semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported on Saturday that Montazeri stated that the morality police had been eliminated.
He was quoted as saying, “The same authority that established this police have shut it down.”He stated that the judiciary, which “continues to monitor behavioral actions at the community level,” did not have authority over the morality police. Foreign media were portraying his remarks as “a retreat on the part of the Islamic Republic from its stance on hijab and religious morality as a result of the protests,” according to Al Alam state television. However, the only thing that could be understood from his remarks was that the morality police were not directly related to the judiciary, according to Al Alam. World News Spot