The chief prosecutor of Tehran says that about 1,000 people have been charged in connection with the anti-government protests that have been going on in Iran.
This week, suspects accused of “acts of sabotage,” like killing security guards and setting fires, will be tried in public.
Authorities haven’t said how many people have been arrested all over the country, but rights groups say the number is around 14,000.
The news came simultaneously that two protesting teenagers were buried in north-east Iran.
Kurdish human rights group Hengaw says that 16-year-old Kumar Daroftateh was shot close up at a protest in the city of Piranshahr. He died in the hospital on Sunday night.
On Monday, at his funeral, people shouted against the government.
In the city of Sanandaj, to the south, another crowd gathered at the grave of 16-year-old Sarina Saedi.
Kasra Naji of the BBC says that people saw her fall to the ground during a protest a few days ago after security forces shot her with a birdshot.
But, our correspondent says, Sarina’s father had to say on TV that she killed herself because he didn’t want security forces to be blamed.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) in Iran says that security forces have killed 284 people, including 45 children, during the crackdown on protests. The protests started after a woman died in police custody after being accused of wearing her hijab “wrongly.”
It also says that 35 people who worked as security have been killed.
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Authorities have called the protests “riots” started by Iran’s enemies abroad and warned that those participating would be punished severely.
Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, the head of Iran’s judiciary, said on Monday that judges would handle the cases of the recent riots “accurately and quickly.”
The Associated Press quoted him saying, “Those who want to fight against and overthrow the regime are dependent on foreigners and will be punished according to the law.”
The state news agency Irna said that a Revolutionary Court in Tehran began trying five people on charges that could lead to the death penalty on Saturday.
One of them was accused of killing a police officer with his car, which was said to be “corruption on Earth.” It also said that a man accused of attacking police with a knife and setting a government building on fire was charged with “enmity against God.”
Even though the commander of the powerful Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), whose job is to protect the country’s Islamic system, gave an ultimatum and threatened to go to court, the protests continued.
Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami said in a speech on Saturday, “Today is the last day of the protests.” “Stop going out on the streets.”
The next day, protesting students were caught on film at more than a dozen universities across the country.
At a branch of Azad University in Tehran, tear gas and sticks were used to attack a crowd by armed people in plain clothes.
Students at Kordestan University in Sanandaj are also said to have been shot at by security forces while protesting.
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died on September 16 after going into a coma after being arrested by morality police in Tehran. She was accused of breaking Iran’s strict rules, which say that women must cover their hair with a hijab or headscarf.
There were rumors that police officers hit her head with a baton and banged it against the side of a car. The police said they didn’t mistreat her and that she had a heart attack.
The first protests happened after Ms. Amini’s funeral when women took off their headscarves in solidarity.
Since then, they have become one of the clergy’s most significant problems since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.