The United States is imposing financial sanctions on Iranian officials in response to the regime’s violent crackdown on protestors demonstrating after a 22-year-old woman –arrested for improperly wearing a hijab – died while in police custody.

“The United States condemns the Iranian government’s continued violent suppression of protests following the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the so-called Morality Police,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. “The Iranian government has since cracked down on the right to freedom of expression and right of peaceful assembly, including by shutting down access to the Internet.”

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) targeted seven senior Iranian leaders for shutting down internet access and using violence against  the protesters who have been peacefully demonstrating since last month.

“The rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly are vital to guaranteeing individual liberty and dignity,” Under Secretary of the Treasury Brian Nelson said. “The United States condemns the Iranian government’s Internet shutdown and continued violent suppression of peaceful protest and will not hesitate to target those who direct and support such actions.”

The Treasury Department names Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi who managed “Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) deployed to subdue protests in Iran, including the ongoing protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.”

The U.S. also said Iran’s Minister of Communications Eisa Zarepour “is responsible for the Iranian government’s shameful attempt to block the Internet access of millions of Iranians in the hopes of slowing down the protests.”

“Zarepour, who has called social media platforms vehicles for carrying the messages of protesters, has indicated that the Internet clampdown and silencing of voices online will continue as long as protests persist,” the Treasury Department said in its statement.

Protests in Iran have spread to 140 cities and are primarily being led by young women and school girls fed up with the regime’s oppressive rule. Women have been removing and burning their head coverings in response to a strict dress code.

Brazen chants of “death to the dictator,” the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have marked the protests.

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