With the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death quickly approaching, Iranian authorities have launched a new crackdown on activists and relatives of killed protesters in an effort to prevent anti-government demonstrations.
Mahsa Amini was an Iranian protester killed during the November 2019 anti-government protests. She was shot to death by security forces during a peaceful demonstration in Tehran’s Palayesh Square. Her death has been mourned by many Iranians as a symbol of the country’s ongoing struggle for political reform and justice.
To prevent any potential anti-government protests around the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death, Iran’s security forces have been carrying out large-scale raids on the houses of activists and other relatives of killed protesters. According to reports, many activists have been detained, and several journalists and human rights activists have also had their homes searched.
The raids have been widely condemned by various international human rights organizations as being unjustified and in violation of international laws. These organizations have also urged the Iranian government to immediately release all those arrested during the raids, and to cease its crackdown on activists and journalists.
Despite the arrests and raids, it appears that the Iranian government is determined to stifle any protests or demonstrations around the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death. Amnesty International has urged the international community to condemn the Iranian government’s actions and pressure the government to reverse its policies of repression and ensure that activists are able to freely and peacefully express their opinions without fear of reprisal.