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'Iranian chess player will move to Spain'


After competing without hijab, El Pais reports it. Iran stops the repression or Italy's attitude will change, underlined Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the press conference, saying she was impressed by the story of the Iranian chess champion who decided to participate in the world championship without a veil in front of the world (ANSA )

Iranian chess champion Sara Khadim al-Sharia, who took part in the 2022 World Championship in Kazakhstan without wearing the mandatory hijab, intends to move to Spain.

This was confirmed to the Spanish newspaper El Pais by two sources close to the champion, without specifying where, but adding that Sara Khadim, who is married and has a daughter, already owns an apartment in Spain.

The sources also specified that they do not know if the champion has already obtained a Spanish residence permit thanks to her property, or if she has applied or intends to apply for political asylum.

What is happening in Iran "is unacceptable to us and we do not intend to tolerate it any longer".

This is what Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said during her year-end press conference.

"We have always had a dialogue approach but, if these repressions" in Iran "do not cease and there is no turning back - added Meloni -, Italy's attitude will have to change, with which provision will have to be the subject of an interlocution at international level".

Speaking of Iran's chess champion

Sara Khadim al-Sharia, who took part in the 2022 World Championship in Kazakhstan without wearing a veil,

the prime minister said she was struck

by the girl's story, who in fact decided to di participating in the World Chess Championship unveiling herself in front of the world: "It made me think. We are used to symbolic gestures but, usually, ours do not have potentially as serious consequences as this could have. This concerns you and others who in Iran they are making symbolic gestures, knowing that they can pay very high prices. This should make us reflect on the value of freedom, which we take for granted".

According to the latest update by the Iranian human rights news agency Hrana, 508 people have been killed during protests in Iran, including 69 children.

The number of people arrested is more than 18,000.

More than 1,200 protest rallies have taken place in 161 cities so far, the report said.

The new data provided by the agency refer to the period from 26 September to 7 December. 

Iran: judges, immediate deterrent penalties for demonstrators

The head of the Iranian judiciary Gholamhossein Mohseni Ajeei today during the meeting of the Supreme Council asked for "deterrent punishments" as soon as possible for the demonstrators arrested during the protests, as reported by the BBC.

"Fellow magistrates should act as soon as possible to try to punish the elements causing unrest," he said.

"I have ordered the first deputy of the judiciary and the attorney general of the country to follow the process of completing the cases of the main suspects for the riots on a daily basis," he added.

Source: ansa

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