IRAN. In Iran, the demonstrations to protest against the death of Masha Amini and against the Islamic Republic left eleven dead according to the official report of this September 22, after six days of citizen mobilizations.
In Iran, protesters have been pounding the pavement for six days. Iranians and especially Iranian women take to the streets and demand the truth about the case and the death of Masha Amini, the 22-year-old young woman who died on September 16, three days after being arrested by the morality police for “wearing clothes inappropriate”. The death of the young woman is considered suspicious by a large part of the population and according to the press agency Fars “many demonstrators are convinced that Masha died under torture”. Iran is witnessing a popular uprising but rallies and clashes with local authorities have already left eleven dead according to the official report published on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
Iranian women were the first to initiate the movement first on social networks by posting photos and videos in which they do not cover their hair and sometimes burn their hijab. Since then the rebellion has taken hold in the street where hundreds or even thousands of people gather to denounce the death of the young woman by chanting slogans hostile to power and in particular to the rules of the Islamic Republic. In the four corners of Iran, from the capital Tehran to Kurdistan, the region of origin of Masha Amini, passing through all the major cities, demonstrations and riots have been organized. Videos of the events show large gatherings around fires and women of all ages throwing their headscarves into the flames.
This video was shot tonight in Sari (north). A girl is dancing, her long hair down. She throws her scarf into the fire. #Iran has been the scene of protests since the death of #Mahsa_Amini. Arrested by hijab police, she died while in police custody on 16Sep. pic.twitter.com/chYQPygTIK
—Ghazal Golshiri (@GhazalGolshiri) September 20, 2022
Faced with popular demonstrations, the Iranian government and the police continue to deny any responsibility for the death of Masha Amini. The authorities have tried to put an end to the demonstrations, but the repression by the police is considered “brutal” by the NGO Amnesty International, which also denounces “the illegal use of shots, steel balls, tear gas, cannons with water and sticks to disperse the demonstrators”. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces have already left eleven dead: four paramilitaries and members of the security forces “mobilized to confront the rioters” were stabbed or shot to death while seven demonstrators were beaten to death knives including four in Kurdistan according to Iranian news agencies. Local authorities say they are not involved in the deaths of the protesters.