U.S. Slaps Iranian Security Officials With Sanctions Over Protest Crackdowns

Protests have been ongoing since mid-September
TOPSHOT - A protester holds a portrait of Mahsa Amini  during a demonstration in support of Amini, a young Iranian woman who died after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic Republic's morality police, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on September 20, 2022. - Amini, 22, was on a visit with her family to the Iranian capital when she was detained on September 13 by the police unit responsible for enforcing Iran's strict dress code for women, including the wearing of the headscarf in public. She was declared dead on September 16 by state television after having spent three days in a coma. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • On Wednesday, three Iranian security officials were sanctioned by the Treasury Department.
  • The imposed sanctions follow the regime’s crackdown on nationwide protests in Iran, reportedly resulting in the arrests of thousands and the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators.
  • “The abuses being committed in Iran against protestors, including most recently in Mahabad, must stop,” said Brian Nelson, the undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence.

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