At least 251 people have been killed, over 3,700 injured and more than 7,000 arrested in Iran during nationwide protests ignited by a sudden hike in fuel prices. Those arrested are now at risk of being subjected to torture amid an internet blackout.
Iranian officials have taken turns threatening protesters while admitting to the arrest of many protesters. Gholamhossein Esmaili, spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, said on Friday that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards arrested about 100 leaders of protests, according to the official IRNA news agency. “Approximately 100 leaders, heads and main figures of the recent unrest were identified and arrested in various parts of the country by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,” Esmaili said.
The Chief of Tehran’s Police said on November 19, that a “large number” of protesters were detained in the past two days in the capital. Threatening protesters, Rahimi said that the police would soon arrest other protesters who had been identified. The Chief of police of Iran‘s Alborz Province said that “a large number” of protesters were detained in the past few days in the province. Meanwhile, regime officials have threatened protesters with severe backlash and even with execution.