Iranian safety forces have arrested 14 foreigners, together with American, British and French residents, for his or her involvement in anti-government protests, the semi-official Fars information company stated on Wednesday.
Iranian officers have but to remark.
Iran has blamed “thugs” linked to “international enemies” for the nationwide protests that erupted after the demise in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16.
“Residents of 14 international locations, together with america, Russia, Austria, France, the UK, and Afghanistan, have been arrested in latest riots in Iran, of which Afghan nationals are probably the most quite a few,” Fars reported, with out citing a supply.
Fars, believed to be affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, didn’t say when and the place the arrests had been made.
It was not instantly clear whether or not the reported arrests included 9 foreigners who Tehran stated final month had been detained for his or her position within the protests.
The nationwide protests, sparked by Amini’s demise within the custody of Iran’s morality police, have was one of many boldest challenges to Iran’s clerical rulers because the 1979 revolution. Protesters have known as for the downfall of the Islamic Republic, though the protests don’t appear near toppling the system.
Tehran has accused america and a few European international locations of utilizing the unrest to attempt to destabilize the Islamic Republic.