Gunshots and smoke rise from Iran prison as protesters continue to defy crackdown


Iranian protesters are defying a crackdown on their activity with nationwide demonstrations. The country has been riven with unrest following the death of Mahsa Amini while being held for “inappropriate attire”.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted that no one should dare to believe they can uproot the Islamic Republic.

Despite this and other attempts to bring action to an end, Iranians across the country have been demonstrating against their clerical leaders.

Videos shared online show protesters chanting “clerics get lost” while passing drivers honk their horns.

The protests pose “one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution”, Reuters suggests.

The news agency added that the action has widened in recent days, with shops and businesses going on strike and inspiring “brazen acts of dissent against Iran’s religious rule”.

In one video, smoke can be seen rising above a Tehran prison, with gunshots crashing in the background.

This is said to hold political prisoners.

Activist website 1500tasvir said: “Gunshots can be heard from Evin Prison and smoke can be seen.”

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“It stunned me what it awakened in Iran.

“It awakened something that I don’t think will be quieted for a long, long time.”

The UK has also responded by imposing sanctions on Iran’s morality police and other top security officials.

When announcing these measures, the Foreign Office pointed to reports of live ammunition being used against some of the protesters.

Some reports suggest bodies of activists killed by Iranian security services have been burned without their families’ knowledge.

There is currently no sign of a coming pause to the ongoing action.


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