Protests intensified in Iran after the death of a young woman

A crackdown on growing protests in Iran has left at least eight people dead after a young woman was killed by vice police, according to a new report on Wednesday.

The nightly demonstrations spread across the Islamic Republic after Mahsa Amin’s death was announced Friday in the holy city of Qom, the birthplace of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who spoke at an event in Tehran on Wednesday without mentioning the protests. country.

They are on the streets of fifteen Iranian cities located in the northwest and south of the country, as well as in the capital.

According to the official IRNA news agency, angry demonstrators blocked traffic, burned trash cans and police cars, threw stones at security forces and chanted anti-government slogans.

Police used tear gas and made arrests to disperse the crowd, the agency said. Men and women, many of whom had removed their headscarves, gathered in Tehran and other major cities across the country, according to the same source.

“No to the headscarf, no to the turban, yes to freedom and equality!” shouted demonstrators at a rally in Tehran, whose slogans echoed solidarity demonstrations abroad, including in New York and Istanbul.

Video taken in the southern city of Shiraz shows security forces opening fire on protesters, which continued early Wednesday morning.

Mahsa Amin, 22, from the Kurdistan Region (Northwest), was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothing” by a police vice police officer in charge of code enforcement. Strict dress code in the Islamic Republic.

Activists said the young woman had been fatally shot in the head, a claim denied by officials who announced an investigation.

In Iran, women must cover their hair, and the morality police also prohibit them from wearing knee-length dresses, tight pants, jeans with holes, and brightly colored clothing.

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In addition to a wave of anger in Iran, the announcement of the death of the young woman, whose Kurdish name is Jina, drew strong international condemnation, particularly from the United Nations, the United States and France.

Responding to international condemnation, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanan on Tuesday evening condemned what he called “external interventionist positions.”

Other video footage shows protesters responding to security forces by lobbing tear gas canisters at law enforcement and preventing them from arresting them. One of the biggest viral trends on social media is women’s headscarves being set on fire.

A Norwegian-based Kurdish advocacy group, Hengav, said on Wednesday that two more protesters were killed in Iran between Tuesday and Wednesday night. On the other hand, the Iranian authorities announced on Wednesday that 6 people have been killed since the beginning of the demonstrations.

Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Isa Zarefuri spoke on Wednesday about the possibility of restricting internet access in the country during the protests “due to security concerns”, she said, as quoted by ISNA news agency.

Responding to international condemnation, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanan on Tuesday evening condemned what he called “external interventionist positions.”

The demonstrations are a “very significant shock” in Iran, “it’s a social crisis,” David Rigoullet-Rose, an associate researcher at Iris, an Iran specialist, told AFP.

“There is a disconnect between the government based on the DNA of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the increasingly secularized society. It is the whole project of society that is called into question. There is a vacillation among the authorities on how to protect this movement,” explained the researcher.

Support in Turkey

Separately, about 100 people gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday – where protests are usually suppressed – to show outrage and support for the Iranian women.

According to an AFP photographer present, Turks and Iranians gathered outside the Iranian consulate and pasted portraits of the 22-year-old woman who died last week.

“For Mahsa Amin, we are protesting for our freedom in Iran, Turkey and everywhere,” read the rallying call, which was repeated on posters and banners.

A young black woman cut off her long hair in front of the cameras, as did several Turkish feminist activists, on Twitter live, saying that “women who resist in Iran will never be alone.”

A large police force was mobilized, but did not intervene.

On Tuesday evening, a similar gathering of several dozen people on the main shopping street Istiklal in central Istanbul was quietly dispersed by police.

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