Three women were detained in Karaj near Tehran for chanting against the state during Iran’s nationwide protests, a state-run news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said today.
The Chief of Police for Alborz Province said the women were arrested in Mohammad Shahr for “disrupting public order”.
“After the announcement for rationing gasoline, three people in Mohammad Shahr, Karaj, turned off their cars in the street to protest and chanted slogans that broke the norms,” Abbas Ali Mohammadian told Tasnim News Agency.
The Chief of Police said that the women were encourage the public to hold “illegal gatherings” and were behind the first “seditions” in Mohammad Shahr.
Mohammadian said that the women were identified during “complicated” intelligence measures and that they were detained in a surprise attack.
“The law takes harsh action against these kinds of people who intend to disrupt public order,” he said, adding that the police was vigorously arresting all the “elements” engaged in protests.
Tasnim has in the past few days covered the arrest of dozens of protesters, dubbed as “leaders of the sedition” by the regime’s security officials.
Regime authorities have promised a harsh backlash against protesters. A number of detainees have been showcased on state-run TV while a few, including minors, were forced to “confess” to their “crimes” while sobbing for forgiveness.
Human rights groups have said that protesters are under severe torture, especially in the notorious Fashafuyeh Prison in Tehran, with reports of rape, sexual violence and the intentional breaking of bones by IRGC intelligence agents.
Iran’s nationwide protests started after the regime tripled the price of gasoline on November 15. Angry protesters torched hundreds of banks, seminaries, offices of the representatives of the regime’s Supreme Leader, and IRGC and Bassij bases.
The protesters chanted against the Supreme Leader and called for the “mullahs to get lost”.
Following the protests, Supreme Leader Khamenei called protesters “thugs” in a televised speech. During the next few days, the regime mobilized all its forces against protesters, opening fire on gatherings of more than 10 people in some parts of Iran.
According to the NCRI, at least 450 were killed, including several children, while more than 4,000 were injured. 10,000 protesters have been detained so far, many after they were injured on the streets by security forces during Iran’s nationwide protests.