Two Iranian officials said that more than 470 people were detained during Iran’s nationwide protests in Alborz province near Tehran and the northwestern city of Tabriz.
Today, Mohammad Javad Kolivand, an Alborz Province Majlis representative said that more than 400 protesters were detained during protests. He said that 200 were released. It’s not clear from his comments carried by the state-run ISNA News Agency how many people are still detained.
There were reports that more than 400 protesters detained in Tehran and Karaj were transferred to Rajaie Shahr Prison’s Section 8, run by the Ministry of Intelligence. The report said that protesters were under severe torture in the Karaj prison.
The Chief of Police of East Azarbaijan Province also announced today that 70 “leaders and elements behind the seditions” were arrested.
Senior officials have warned that protesters would receive severe penalties, with a number of them demanding the death penalty for the “leaders”.
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.
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.
More than 450 protesters were killed while at least 4,000 were injured. An Iranian MP said that 7,000 protesters were arrested but other reports indicate that around 10,000 have been detained.