Iranian State TV Hack Puts Supreme Leader In Crosshairs, Shows Slain Protesters

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Unrest on the streets of Iran.

Protesters in Iranian have taken over a live broadcast of the country’s national television channel. Showing images and words in support of ongoing demonstrations against the government and the country’s draconian hijab law. This further mandates that women in Iran wear head scarves.

On October 8, photos of Iranian protestors who had been killed and of Mahsa Amini, 22. Whose death in police custody last month after being arrested for not wearing a head scarf. Briefly replaced footage of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visiting state officials in the Islamic Republic.

During the break, an image picturing Khamenei in crosshairs and flames was broadcast. The Iranian hacktivist organisation Edalat-e Ali claimed responsibility for this. The words “join us and rise up” appeared alongside the visuals.

The state TV news broadcast “was hacked for a few moments by anti-revolutionary forces,” the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported.

Iranian state TC hack

The Iranian incident was not a hack, according to Hassanein Haddad, a spokeswoman for Iran State Radio and Television. Instead, he called it “vandalism and infiltration” by someone working inside the station.

Amini’s death on September 16 sparked protests across the country, and those demonstrations continued in Tehran and other cities the night of the broadcast.

Two demonstrators were reportedly shot and killed in the city of Sanandaj on October 8 during a strike in Kurdish-majority districts. Additionally, security personnel were blamed for the initiation of hostilities in Saqez.

As the protests approach their fourth week, Iran Human Rights, an Oslo-based organisation, claims that security forces have murdered more than 90 protestors; other organisations, however, put the death toll at 160 or higher, with hundreds more injured and thousands jailed.

The Iranian presidential office reported that on October 9, in the face of mounting protests, the country’s political leaders convened for a crisis conference to discuss the situation.

The Iranian office announced that President Ebrahim Raisi, the speaker of parliament, and the head of the judiciary all met.


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