On Saturday, Iran said it would take legal action against the United States, accusing it of “direct participation” in the protests sweeping the country.
Tehran also warned the UK and Saudi Arabia would “not be ignored by the Islamic Republic’s judicial system” because of their role in hosting and supporting TV networks such as BBC Persian and Iran International – which they claim has called on protesters to “destroy public and private property.”
Anti-government protests have raged in Iran since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being dragged off the streets of Tehran by ethics police and taken to an “educational center” ” to learn a lesson about humility.
Strikes and protests have become a common sight in cities and towns across the country and in the capital, chants of “death to the dictator” – a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei – often resounds at night from the rooftops.
US President Joe Biden has backed the protesters, promising a price “for those who perpetrate violence against peaceful protesters” and saying the US stands with “the brave women of Iran, who are currently protesting to secure their basic rights.”
The US has also announced sanctions against Iran’s ethics police “for abuse and violence against Iranian women and violations of the rights of peaceful protesters in Iran” and is working to help people Iranians have easier access to the internet.
This is not the first time Iran has accused the US of meddling in anti-government protests – it also made a similar statement in 2018.
State news agency IRNA reported on Saturday that the Justice Department “has been tasked with filing a lawsuit to investigate damages and interference caused by the US’ direct involvement in the unrest.” It also reported statements against the BBC and Iran International, which were made by the Deputy Chief Justice of Iran and Secretary of the High Council for Human Rights of the country Kazem Gharibabadi.
The report did not specify which court would hear such a case.
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Meanwhile, protests are continuing both within Iran and in solidarity movements around the world, with large demonstrations in both Berlin and Tokyo on Saturday.
In Iran, business owners and factory workers from the Kurdistan region went on strike and students from universities across the country joined the protests.
The video, shared with CNN by pro-reform activist IranWire, shows Sanandaj, the capital of the Kurdish region, eerily quiet at the start of the work week with shops still closed.
Norway-based Iranian human rights group Hengaw said shop owners also went on strike in Bukan, Sanandaj and Marivan, although CNN could not independently verify these reports.
On Saturday, video of anti-Iranian regime protests from IranWire showed a crowd at Tehran’s Shahid Behasti University chanting “Freedom, freedom, die for the dictator, die for Khamenei.”
Students at Tabriz University in East Azerbaijan province also took to the streets chanting that regime change was approaching, according to IranWire, and at Yazd University in Yazd province, students sang a song before the way centuries-old network.
A witness told CNN that young girls from local schools who participated in a rally calling for “freedom” and “death for the dictator” were grabbed by police shortly afterwards and loaded onto a truck. black.
Outside Iran, video released by Radio Liberty shows protesters on a boardwalk in Sydney, Australia, chanting “freedom” on Saturday.
Germany’s state broadcaster RBB reported on solidarity protests with nearly 80,000 people in Berlin.