Britain imposed sanctions on Iran’s “moral police” and several security officials on Monday in response to the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets for protests triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by police in the capital Tehran, on charges of failing to adhere to Iran’s strict Islamic dress code.

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The foreign ministry said it was imposing an asset freeze and travel ban on the “morality police in its entirety, as well as its boss, Mohammed Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, and the head of the Tehran division, Haj Ahmed Mirzaei. “.

British Foreign Minister James Cleverly, pictured here in Birmingham, England on October 4, 2022, believes that the sanctions used against Iran by Britain “send a clear message to the Iranian authorities.”
(Aaron Chown / PA via AP)

Also on the list are Gholamreza Soleimani, head of the Basij force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; Hassan Karami, commander of the NAJA special forces unit of the Iranian police; and Hossein Ashtari, commander-in-chief of the Iranian police.

Foreign Minister James Cleverly said the sanctions “send a clear message to the Iranian authorities: we will hold you responsible for your repression of women and girls and the shocking violence you have inflicted on your own people.”

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Demonstrations continue across Iran for the death, on September 16, of Amini in the custody of the country’s moral police in Tehran. The Iranian government insists Amini was not abused, but her family says her body showed bruises and other signs of beatings.

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