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Iran Says 40 Foreign Nationals Arrested Over Anti-Regime Protests

Hundreds gather for the Iranian American Women Foundation's candlelight vigil for Mahsa Amini at West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California on September 29. Jim Ruymen/UPI
Hundreds gather for the Iranian American Women Foundation’s candlelight vigil for Mahsa Amini at West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California on September 29. Jim Ruymen/UPI

Iranian judiciary officials said Tuesday that authorities arrested 40 foreign nationals for participating in ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

Judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi said the arrests were made in accordance with Iranian law. Setayeshi described the protesters, who were not named, as “terrorists” who “provoked” others to join them.

“The terrorists have had the scenario and they provoke those people on the street and target women, children, and security defenders,” Setayeshi said in paraphrased remarks in the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. “The terrorists showed that they are not even ready to pay the price of their blind actions and they hide their bloody hands.”

The protests, which have entered their third month, have come in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died in the custody of Iranian morality police for not wearing her hijab correctly.

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