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Iran said on Saturday it would take legal action against the United States, accusing the country of “direct involvement” in the mass protests.

Tehran has also warned the UK and Saudi Arabia “will not be ignored by the Islamic Republic’s justice system” for their role in hosting and supporting TV networks such as BBC Persian and Iran International – which it claims have called for “public and private destruction” of protesters. “Features.”

Anti-government protests have gripped Iran since the Sept. 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being dragged off the streets of Tehran by morality police and taken to a “re-education center” for modesty lessons.

Strikes and protests have become a common sight in cities and towns across the country and in the capital, with “death to the dictator” – a reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei – often echoed from rooftops at night.

US President Joe Biden threw his support behind the protesters, pledging to pay the “perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters” and saying that the US “stands with the brave women of Iran who are now protesting to defend their basic rights.”

The United States has announced sanctions on Iran’s morality police for “abuse and violence against Iranian women and violations of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters” and is working to ease Internet access for Iranians.

This is not the first time that Iran has accused the US of interfering in anti-government protests – it made similar claims in 2018.

State news agency IRNA reported on Saturday that the Justice Department “has been tasked with filing a case to investigate the damage and interference of direct involvement of the United States in the instability.” It also made claims against the BBC and Iran International, Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s deputy head of the judiciary and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights.

The report did not clarify which court would hear such cases.

Meanwhile, solidarity movements both within Iran and around the world continued, with large protests in both Berlin and Tokyo on Saturday.

Within Iran, businessmen and factory workers in the Kurdistan region went on strike, and university students across the country joined the protests.

Video, shared with CNN by the reformist activist outlet Iranwire, shows Sanandaj, the capital of the Kurdish region, very quiet at the start of the work week as shops remain closed.

The Norway-based Iranian rights group Henga also said shopkeepers in Bukan, Sanandaz and Marivan were also on strike, although CNN could not independently verify these reports.

On Saturday, a video of protests against the Iranian regime from Iranwire showed a crowd chanting “freedom, freedom, death to the dictator, death to Khamenei” at Tehran’s Shahid Behasti University.

According to Iranwire, students at Tabriz University in East Azerbaijan province also took to the streets in unison chanting that regime change was on the horizon, and students at Yazd University in Yazd province sang a century-old pre-revolutionary anthem.

A witness told CNN that young girls from a local school who joined the protest demanding “freedom” and “death to the dictator” were detained by police moments later and loaded into black vans.

Outside Iran, video released by Radio Free Liberty showed protesters chanting “freedom” on a boardwalk in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.

Germany’s state broadcaster RBB reported solidarity protests in Berlin with around 80,000 people.

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