There are also one or more Italian citizens among the people arrested in Iran during the protests that broke out after the death of Mahsa Amini.

Tehran's own intelligence ministry made it known in a note: " Nine foreign nationals from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and other countries have been arrested", reads the statement.

The nine people were arrested either "during the riots" or "while they were plotting behind the scenes," the ministry added.

For 15 days, Iran has been in turmoil over mass protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini , a 22-year-old girl arrested by the moral police for not wearing the veil correctly and who died after her arrest . Most likely due to the beatings suffered, although Tehran does not admit and says that an official report will soon be presented to clarify the circumstances of the death.

Strong protests broke out in several cities: women burning the veil, which is required by law in public, and slogans against the government and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

The repression of the regime was very harsh, President Ebrahim Raisi had promised a hard punch and so it was: according to the NGO "Iran Human Rights" at least 83 demonstrators were killed and thousands of people arrested , 3 thousand in Tehran alone.

The news of the arrest of the 9 foreigners also comes on the day in which Amnesty International published a report showing how the leaders of the armed forces gave the order to the agents to "confront hard" with the demonstrators to stop the protest "at every cost". The NGO documented torture and other forms of violence, including sexual abuse , by security forces against demonstrators.

(Unioneonline / L)

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