(PresidentialHill.com)- Iranians have been protesting for nine weeks, and despite a deadly crackdown by the government and the possibility of the death penalty, they aren’t giving up.
In the hearings against the detained protesters, Iran’s Revolutionary Court handed down its first death sentence on Sunday. According to state media Mizan, it was against an unknown demonstrator, while five other protestors received sentences ranging from five to ten years in prison.
According to official reports, “at least 20 demonstrators are currently facing accusations punishable by death,” Iran Human Rights has stated its concern that the Iranian government may carry out the executions hurriedly.
People in Tehran can be heard screaming “Death to Khamenei,” the nation’s supreme leader who has been in charge since 1989, in a video posted on Twitter by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the foremost Iranian opposition party.
According to the opposition party’s official account, the protestors declared that Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei would be ousted this year. The shouts were reportedly repeated in the middle of the night, well past Iran’s official midnight.
Schoolgirls were shown in another video posted by the opposition party on Monday demonstrating against a state mullah who was present in their school and ejecting him from the premises.
On the 60th day following the start of the initial large-scale protests, protests are still going on around the nation despite all the threats and violence perpetrated by the authorities against protesters, including possible death sentences. The passing of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish lady, served as their catalyst.
The so-called morality police of the nation detained Amini on September 13 in Tehran for allegedly donning an “improper” headscarf. While Iranian authorities have denied involvement in the young woman’s murder, protesters claim that she suffered a fatal head injury while being beaten up in detention. She passed away three days later as a result of that injury.
Amini was not abused while in detention, even though her body displayed signs of bruises, according to the country’s administration. She died of a heart attack.
The first protesters were women, who shaved their hair in solidarity and burned their headscarves, which are required for women in Iran. Anger at the nation’s leaders, calls for more freedom, better rights for women, and the overthrow of the Islamic Republic regime is now the primary motivators of the rallies, which the injustice suffered by Amini initially triggered.
At least 326 individuals, including 43 children, died during the Iran protests. Since the start, the government has used force to quell the protests, leading to the deaths of over 550 protestors in clashes with security forces.