The Italian foreign minister summoned this Wednesday the new Iranian ambassador in Rome Mohammad Reza Saburi, to express his country’s concern for the brutal repression by the Iranian authorities against the anti-government protests that have been going on for more than three months.
The Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, added that Rome asked Tehran to suspend the death penalty as punishment for those who defend the right to demonstrate against the regime policies and remove the executions of prisoners arrested during the demonstrations.
Conveying his indignation and concern over the repressive campaign, Minister Tajani said he hoped that Iran respond positively to the request Italy.
The current deadly campaign, he added, “has nothing to do with protecting the country’s national security.”
Tajani added that the Iranian ambassador, Mohammad Reza Saburiwho took office on Wednesday, agreed to pass on Italy’s requests to Tehran.
Iran has been rocked by mass protests since mid-September after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died after being detained by the moral police of the country for allegedly violating the strict dress code of the women of Iran.
The protests quickly turned into calls for overthrow of the iranian theocracyestablished after the Islamic Revolution of 1979marking one of the biggest challenges to the regime in more than four decades.
This Tuesday heThe Iranian authorities threatened to show no mercy to the enemiesreferring to those who participate in the anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country since September.
“The nation’s arms are open to those who have been deceived, but it will show no mercy to traitors,” said Ebrahim Raisi before adding that the situation in the country is “a war between factions.”
He indicated that “the enemies have mobilized their forces during the riots”, among them “defenders of the monarchy and terrorists of the Organization of the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI)”, declared as a terrorist group for Tehran.
“The enemies have used all their power to prevent Iran’s progress, but to this day they admit that all their pressure has failed. The enemy is facing today a nation that has decided to progress,” he said, according to the Iranian news agency. More.
“We have learned from the martyrs to live with hope,” he said, while stressing that “the country has made great progress in all fields, which explains the enemy’s anger.” “All the efforts of the enemy against the Islamic Republic have failed in a shameful way,” he stated.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard recently admitted that more than 300 people have died since the beginning of the protests, in which it was the first official balance since the beginning of the mobilizations for the death of Amini. The figure is lower than that provided by the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) which targets more than 470 dead as a result of the brutal repression by the security forces.
Iran’s regime has so far executed two people convicted for their role in the mobilizations. Majesty Rahnavard23, was publicly hanged on December 12 after being convicted by a Machhad court (northeast) for having killed two members of the security forces. four days before, Mohsen Shekarialso 23 years old, was executed for having injured a “security authority”.
In a report released Tuesday, Iran Human Rights identified 100 prisoners who could be sentenced to death, 13 of which already were. He also pointed out that many of them had a limited access to a lawyer.
According to the UN, at least 14,000 people have been arrested since the beginning of the protests in Iran.
(With information from AFP, Europa Press and The Associated Press)
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