In Iran, state television hacked with a burning image of the Supreme Leader

In Iran, state television hacked with a burning image of the Supreme Leader

A group supporting the protest in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini managed to hack a state television network by broadcasting an image of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei surrounded by flames on full television news reports.

Iran has been rocked by protests since the Sept. 16 death of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, who died three days after she was arrested by Tehran’s vice police for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women by wearing the veils.

Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported at least 95 deaths in the crackdown on protests since September 16. According to a recent Iranian report from late September, around 60 people were killed, including around ten police officers.

“The blood of our youth is dripping from your fingers,” reads a message that appeared on screens during the state television newspaper’s Saturday night show. It accompanies a manipulated photo of Ali Khamenei, his body surrounded by flames and his head in a viewfinder.

“It’s time to put away your furniture (…) and find another place to settle your family outside of Iran,” we read in another message that accompanies the photo.

A demonstration organized in Athens in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran, October 8, 2022 (AFP – Louisa GOULIAMAKI)

The cyberattack, which lasted a few seconds, was claimed by a group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice) and supporting the protest movement, the largest in Iran since protests over soaring fuel prices in 2019.

Several foreign media in Persian shared a video showing the cyber attack. At the end of the video, the news anchor can be seen looking tense, his eyes on the camera.

In Iran, the Tasnim news agency confirmed that state television was “briefly hacked by anti-revolutionary agents”.

– “We will fight” –

On Saturday night, as the movement entered its fourth week, protests took place in several cities across the country, including Tehran.

And the solidarity rallies abroad continued.

Screenshot from a video shared on Twitter showing a banner in Tehran that reads:
Screenshot of a video shared on Twitter with a banner in Tehran reading: “We are no longer afraid, we will fight”, October 7, 2022 (UGC/AFP – -)

According to Iranian analyst Omid Memarian, a video showed protesters in Tehran chanting “death to the dictator.”

Elsewhere, schoolgirls in Saqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini in Kurdistan province (northwest), chanted “Woman, Life, Freedom” and marched with headscarves over their heads, said the Norway-based NGO Hengaw human rights defender.

According to online footage verified by AFP, a large banner on an overpass of the Modares highway that runs through central Tehran reads, “We are no longer afraid. We will fight”.

Two members of the security forces were killed during the demonstrations on Saturday evening, one in Tehran “by an armed mob” and the other in Sanandaj, the Kurdistan capital, according to the official agency Irna.

The agency confirmed protests in different cities, where demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at mosques, Bassidji centers, paramilitary militias and offices of prayer maams.

“In Tehran, police used tear gas to disperse crowds,” she said, adding that protesters “shouted slogans and set fire to and damaged public property, including a police station and garbage cans.”

– “With My Own Eyes” –

On Friday, Iranian authorities claimed Mahsa Amini died of an illness and not “beatings”.

But the young woman’s father, Amjad Amini, who claimed his daughter was in good health before her arrest, dismissed the medical report in an interview with Iran International, a Persian-language TV channel based in London.

“I saw with my own eyes that blood had flowed from Mahsa’s ears and neck,” he said.

Activists and NGOs claimed she suffered a head injury while in detention.

Iran accuses foreign countries of fueling the protests, including the United States, its sworn enemy.

In addition, citing the NGO Baluch Activists Campaign, the IHR gave a new death toll of 90 in the repression of demonstrations last week in Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchistan province (southeast) unrelated to the death of Mahsa Amini to have . According to NGOs, the protests were triggered by allegations that a teenager was raped by a police officer.


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