Monday, September 25, 2023

Iran detains Mahsa Amini’s uncle as anniversary of her death, protests loom.

DUBAI, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Iran’s security forces have detained a relative of a Kurdish Iranian woman days before the anniversary of her death in the custody of the morality police that sparked months of nationwide protests, a source close to the family said on Wednesday.

Fearing a revival of the unrest that rocked the Islamic Republic, Iran’s clerical rulers have increased their clamp down on dissent aimed at deterring any gatherings on Mahsa Amini’s death anniversary on Sept. 16.

“A group of security forces went to Amini’s uncle Safa Aeli’s home yesterday … searched his car and house without having a court order and then arrested him … they also confiscated some documents like his passport,” said the source.

“Prior to his arrest, Aeli was followed by security forces for a week … The family does not know where he has been taken.”

Iran’s judiciary did not respond to Reuters request for comment.

The months-long anti-government protests spiralled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran’s authorities in years, with many calling for the end of more than four decades of Islamic clerical rule. …