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Demonstrations in Iran: prison sentences for inciting a strike


The four defendants are accused of having called, on social networks, truck drivers to strike in early December in a

The repression continues.

Four Iranians have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to ten years in particular for inciting a strike during the protest movement linked to the death of Mahsa Amini, an official source announced on Sunday.

They are accused of launching calls for a three-day social media strike on December 5 in support of protests sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini.

The 22-year-old Iranian woman died after she was arrested by vice police who accused her of breaking the country's strict dress code for women.

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The four defendants were sentenced at first instance to prison mainly "for having incited drivers to strike in December" in the province of Hormozgan (south), said the head of the Judicial Authority of this province, Mojtaba Ghahramani.

“One defendant was sentenced to ten years in prison, another to five years for also forming a group with the aim of disturbing security and two others to one year in prison and to pay damages for breaking the windows of trucks “, he added, quoted by the organ of justice Mizan Online.

“None of the defendants is a driver and they have no connection with the transport sector,” he continued.

Power tightens the screw

This is the first time that justice has announced convictions for incitement to strike during the protests this fall.

The four Iranians, whose identity has not been specified, can appeal.

According to the Ilna press agency, which is close to working class circles, Mojtaba Ghahramani reported the failure of “calls for a strike by truck drivers” launched by “elements hostile to the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Iranian officials generally refer to the protests as "riots" encouraged by hostile countries and organizations.

In recent months, activists have repeatedly called for a strike.

But the repression is severe: four Iranians have already been executed for "attacks against the security forces" during the demonstrations.

Source: leparis

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