Iran Hijab Protests: At least 40 people have been killed and over 700 have been arrested as several major towns and cities across Iran have erupted in protests led by women, following the death of Mahsa Amini. According to several human rights organizations, over 50 people had been killed in the protests already on Friday. However, the figure is feared to be written up even more.
TEHERAN SEPTEMBER 26: Mahsa Amini, 22, bleeds from her ears in a photo her family posted after she was violently arrested by Iranian morality police and later died. A week after her death, the protests against the hijab law and the country’s rule have spread around the world.
The young woman from Kurdistan Province was visiting the capital Tehran with her family when she was arrested for violating the law on covering her hair with a hijab.
Mahsa Amini’s brother has said that the morality police – who crack down on women they deem not to cover up enough – slammed her head against their van and beat her with a baton.
Five days later she was dead.
According to the officials, Mahsa Amini died of a heart attack. A lie, according to the father who chose to give an interview to the BBC’s Persian editors. He is said to have unsuccessfully appealed to the coroner to correct the certificate establishing the cause of death.
The widespread protests in Iran will be dealt with strictly, according to President Ebrahim Raisi. The ultra-conservative president vowed to “act decisively” against the protesters in a phone call with relatives of a security forces man killed in the protests.
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