Waging War Against God?
Would it be possible to create a more inflammatory charge against Iranian protesters?
It’s not much of a step up from the old Soviet “enemy of the people” label, and probably worse.
The intention is to prejudge the alleged crimes of the protesters and ensure that they are dealt with harshly.
That is what the ruling elite in Iran wants, protesters beaten on the streets, given cursory trials and locked away, as the BBC reports:
“Iran has put 16 people on trial after anti-government protests in December, when eight people died in some of the most violent clashes seen in months.
Five of the defendants are charged with “waging war against God” while the others are accused of public order and national security offences.
They were all arrested over protests on 27 December when Shia Muslims gathered for the religious festival of Ashura.
Street protests have recurred in Iran since the disputed election in June.”