September 25, 2022
Fury grows in Iran over woman who died after hijab arrest, says report

Fury grows in Iran over woman who died after hijab arrest, says report

The Persian hashtag #MahsaAmini has now reached 1.63 million mentions on Twitter.

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The protests continued on Sunday and #MahsaAmini became one of the top hashtags of all time on Persian-language Twitter as Iranians raged over the death of a young woman in the custody of ethics police enforcing strict hijab rules.

Amini, 22, died on Friday after falling into a coma following an arrest in Tehran that shed light on women’s rights in Iran.

Police dismissed social media suspicions that she was beaten up, saying she fell ill as she waited with other detained women.

Hundreds of protesters gathered around Tehran University on Sunday, chanting “Women, Life, Freedom”, according to online videos.

Reuters could not confirm the footage.

Under Iran’s sharia, or Islamic law, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothing. Offenders face public reprimands, fines or arrests. But activists in recent months have urged women to remove the veils despite crackdown on “immoral behavior” from hardline rulers.

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The Persian hashtag #MahsaAmini has now reached 1.63 million mentions on Twitter.

Amini was from Kurdistan, where protests were also held on Saturday, including a funeral in her hometown of Sakez. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have long played down unrest among minority Kurds.

Police suppressed Sakez’s demonstrations, with videos posted online showing at least one man with a head injury. Reuters could not authenticate the video.

Behzad Rahimi, the member of parliament for Sáquez, told the semi-official ILNA news agency that some people were injured at the funeral. “One of them was hospitalized at Sakez Hospital after being hit in the intestines by ball bearings,” he said.

Kurdish rights group Hangau, however, said 33 people were injured in Sakage. Reuters could not independently confirm the number.

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