Iran releases tens of thousands from jails

Published February 5th, 2023 - 04:18 GMT
Mahsa Amini
People take part in a protest against the execution of Iranian footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani -sentenced to death within protests following the death of Mahsa Amini. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Iranian authorities pardoned tens of thousands of people, including some who were arrested during the ongoing protests in the country.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's pardon comes under specific conditions, as Iran is marking the anniversary of the Islamic revolution, which took place in 1979.

According to reports, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was released on bail after being on a hunger strike to protest against his detention.

Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti was also freed after about three weeks in jail for criticizing the crackdown on the anti-government protests that erupted in September.

Iran has been facing massive demonstrations since Sept. 17, a day following the death of activist Mahsa Amini, who was killed in police custody for violating the country's dress code.

Amini was arrested by Iran's morality police on Sept. 13 for wearing an "improper hijab." She was purportedly beaten up by the police, fell into a coma and died after 3 days, triggering the nationwide protests.

Female protesters burned hijabs and cut their hair in the streets, calling for the abolishment of the country's morality police.

Anti-government slogans were also heard during the protests.

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