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40 Foreigners Arrested Over Iran Protests, Judiciary Says

November 22, 2022
Akhtar Safi
1 min read
"So far, 40 foreign nationals have been arrested for their involvement in the protests," judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi told a news conference on November 22
"So far, 40 foreign nationals have been arrested for their involvement in the protests," judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi told a news conference on November 22

Iran says it has arrested 40 foreign nationals for allegedly playing a role in the ongoing anti-government protests.

"So far, 40 foreign nationals have been arrested for their involvement in the protests," judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi told a news conference on November 22.

He did not give the nationalities of those arrested.

Iranian officials have blamed "thugs" linked to "foreign enemies" for the nationwide demonstration sparked by the September death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of morality police.

The protest movement has turned into a popular revolt by Iranians from all layers of society, posing one of the boldest challenges to the clerical regime since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

At least 378 people have been killed, including 47 children, in the brutal crackdown unleashed by security forces. Thousands of people have been arrested and five of them have so far been sentenced to death.

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