The Iranian regime arrested 38 protesters as “elements and leaders of seditions” in Tehran and five other cities over the weekend, state-run media reported.
On Sunday, the Mehr state-run News Agency quoted the Chief of Special Police in western Tehran as saying that eight people who were “identified as elements and leaders of seditions” were arrested on Sunday.
He also claimed the detained citizens invited others to protests in Eslamshahr and Shahriar, both in western Tehran, through social media platforms.
The Isfahan Chief of Police said that three people were detained in Baharestan. They were also accused of inviting Iranians to participate in protests in November.
In another report, a human rights group advocating the rights of Iran’s Baluch minority said that a man identified as Shahab Malahi was arrested in the southern city of Minab over November protests.
On Saturday, state-run news agencies said that 26 people were detained in Kerman, Savojbolagh, Tehran and Kazerun as the “elements and leaders of seditions”.
The reports claimed that the 13 people detained in Kerman were the “main elements behind the blockage of roads” during nationwide protests in November.
In Kazerun, the Chief of Police claimed that a person who was the “main elements behind the destruction and torching of a seminary and 11 banks” was detained.
The Savojbolagh Chief of Police said that five people who were involved in November’s protests in the city were identified and detained. He also said that they had “confessed” to their crimes.
The Chief of Police of Eastern Terhan also said that seven people who were involved in protests were detained in Varamin, Pakdasht and Pardis.
Reports indicate that at least 12,000 Iranians were detained during and after nationwide protests that erupted over increased gasoline prices in November.
Several accounts from prisons across the country have shed light on the brutal use of torture against detained protesters by the regime including the sexual abuse of minors.