Iran erupts in protests against the death of Mahsa Amini. Thousands of people took part in protests in the streets of Iran. Nine Europeans have been arrested in Iran’s street protests on Friday, the BBC reported.
Local media reported that the country’s intelligence officers had detained people suspected of being ‘agents of foreign intelligence agencies’. They were allegedly spying from ‘behind the scenes’ during the protests.
Meanwhile, Iran’s violence shows no signs of abating. Rather, the death toll continues to rise.
Officers did not say where the nine Europeans were arrested. However, it mentioned the involvement of foreign and foreign-based opposition parties in the protests and gave 10 related examples.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said those detained were citizens of Poland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands.
The German, French, British and Swedish embassies were warned about the involvement of their ‘agents’ in the anti-government protests, the ministry said.
The ministry also claimed that before and during the protests, several other plots were carried out to prepare for or coincide with the unrest, including cyber-attacks and the spread of ‘fake, pro-riot news’ through non-state media such as the BBC.
Iran partly blames “foreign enemies” for the protests. This basically led to chaos and dozens of people were killed.
Iran Human Rights (IHR), a Norway-based group, said in its latest tweet that at least 83 people, including children, have been confirmed dead in Iran protests.