More than 100 individuals in Iran have been arrested in connection to the suspected poisoning of thousands of school girls within the nation in latest months.
Iran’s Inside Ministry mentioned in a press release that arrests and investigations have taken place throughout quite a few cities, together with Tehran. Poisonous fuel assaults have been impacting hundreds of scholars, principally ladies, since November, when the primary poisoning occurred.
“Preliminary inquiries present that various these individuals, out of mischief or adventurism and with the goal of shutting down lecture rooms and influenced by the created psychological ambiance, have taken measures reminiscent of utilizing innocent and smelly substances,” the Ministry wrote within the assertion.
Activists have lengthy mentioned they consider the assaults had been brought on by spiritual teams that oppose ladies’ schooling. Others consider the assaults are additionally meant to stifle younger ladies due to their participation within the months-long protests over the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody in September for allegedly carrying her hijab too loosely.
Right here’s what we all know concerning the arrests.
Who was arrested?
Little info has been launched concerning the arrests and no suspects have been publicly recognized. Nevertheless, Iran’s Inside Ministry did reveal in a press release that these arrested had been individuals with “hostile motives” who “tried to create concern and horror amongst individuals and college students, shut down faculties,” and wished to color the Iranian authorities in a foul mild.
The Ministry additionally added that the variety of poisonings had decreased in latest days after the arrests. It’s not clear when the arrests occurred.
The investigation is ongoing.
What do we all know concerning the assaults?
The primary poisoning assault occurred on Nov. 30 within the metropolis of Qom, inflicting 18 schoolgirls to be hospitalized. Since then there have been assaults in at the least 290 faculties throughout 28 provinces, the Related Press reports.
A minimum of one scholar, 11-year-old Fatemeh Razaei, has allegedly died due to the poisonings. Iranian journalist Hedie Kimiaee beforehand tweeted that the younger lady died due to a poisonous fuel assault at her college within the metropolis of Qom, however she, like many activists, accused Iranian authorities of making an attempt to cover details about the case.
Many different younger ladies have been hospitalized as a consequence of respiratory points, nausea and extra on account of the poisonings. A minimum of 26 faculties have been focused within the assaults, in response to native media retailers. Mohammed Hassan Asefari, an Iranian lawmaker who’s investigating the assaults, last said that some 5,000 college students had turn out to be sick due to the poisonings, although Iranian media retailers report the quantity as nearer to 1,000.
The poisonings have prompted many dad and mom to maintain their kids home from school for their safety . Others have been protesting to get the eye of officers.
Following the rising frequency of those occasions, authorities leaders agreed they might assist discover the perpetrators. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ordered Inside Minister Ahmad Vahidi to research the reason for the poisonous fuel poisoning “as rapidly as potential,” on Feb. 24.
Many politicians see the poisonings as an try and undermine the state, and are advocating for suspects to be charged with the best offenses. Iran’s Supreme Chief Ali Khamenei, for example, mentioned the assault an “unforgivable crime,” calling for the perpetrators to be given probably the most extreme penalty, according to the New York Times.
Different officers, like Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, mentioned that these concerned within the crime would face the charge of “corruption on earth,” which means suspects may face the dying penalty.
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