October 3, 2022
Seven killed in Iranian demonstrations over hijab

At least seven people have been killed in protests across Iran, officials said, as thousands took to the streets in recent days in anger over the death of a young woman arrested for her alleged failure to properly follow the Islamic dress code. have come.

Protests continued in towns and cities across the republic on Wednesday. Iranians struggled to access the Internet and Instagram, where videos of security officials attacking protesters have been circulating in recent days.

Officials blamed foreign and opposition forces for the deaths, including a member of Iranian security forces.

Kurdistan’s police chief Brigadier-General Ali Azadi confirmed that four protesters had been killed in the province since Saturday. “Enemy groups have committed these crimes,” Azadi told the Tasnim news agency, which is affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. “We urged the youth not to participate in the gatherings as we had credible information that these groups had infiltrated [into protests],

Shahram Karami, the prosecutor for western Kermanshah province, said the two protesters were killed by anti-regime opposition forces and that the bullets used to kill them were not used by Iran’s security forces.

According to the semi-official Mehr news agency, “We urge families in Kermanshah to stop their youth from attending these gatherings.” “They emotionally join these gatherings but the anti-revolutionary forces try to make cases of death” [to fan the crisis],

Kurdistan province governor Esmail Zarei Kausha said the protesters were “killed by enemies of the system and with weapons that are not used by any of our security and military forces,” according to Mehr News Agency.

“It is certainly the landscape of the alien enemy as his descriptions and drawings were immediately transmitted [opposition] satellite channel. ,

In the city of Shiraz, a security officer was killed, the city’s governor told the state news agency, IRNA, and four others were injured. Lotfullah Shibani said 15 protesters were arrested on Tuesday night. Police in the northern province of Gilan said 68 protesters were arrested, while 43 security forces were injured.

Amnesty International said on Wednesday that security forces used birdshot and other metal shrapnel, tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse the demonstrators.

Six men, a woman and a child were killed during protests in Kurdistan, Kermanshah and West Azerbaijan provinces, the group said. “Of these, at least four died due to injuries sustained by the firing of metal bullets from close range by the security forces,” it said.

The protests intensified after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from the Kurdish town of Sakkej. He was arrested last week by the Ethics Police, a branch of the Iranian force that seeks to promote virtue. He wore a long black coat and dupatta, but the arresting officers said his clothes were not appropriate. She collapsed at the ethics police center in central Tehran, slipped into a coma and died on Friday.

The nationwide protests are one of the few demonstrations against wearing the hijab since the 1979 revolution that led to the creation of a democratic state. Some women have burnt their scarves during protests demanding an end to the compulsory hijab.

Demonstrations continued on Wednesday on Tehran university campuses, according to videos posted on social media. Students of the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University raised the slogan, “Whoever killed our sister, we will kill him.”

Tehran province’s governor said on Wednesday that intelligence suggested that some 1,800 protesters in the capital on Monday had “a record of participating in previous gatherings and riots” and 700 of them already had “huge judicial files”. “It was Mohsin Mansoori, in his post on Twitter, alleged that foreign embassies and intelligence services are also involved.

Iran’s Culture Minister Mohamed Mehdi Ismaili said on Wednesday that he was already considering replacing the ethics police before Amini’s death. “We recognize the criticisms . . . and many of the existing problems will be resolved,” he told local reporters.

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