The demonstrations against the Iranian regime continued today (Thursday), as part of the protest over the killing of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young woman who was arrested by the “morality police” because she wore a hijab in a “sloppy manner”. She was allegedly beaten to death during her arrest.
“People tore up the pictures of Khamenei”: the event that stirs up Iran
After the condemnations and protests in Tehran: Iran announced the opening of an investigation into the circumstances of Amini’s death
The “Iranian Rights Organization” claimed today that since the outbreak of the riots, 31 civilians have been killed. On the other hand, Iran’s state television reported 17 deaths. According to reports, at least three police officers were stabbed or shot dead in several locations around the city during “clashes with protesters”.
Videos widely circulated on social media showed women among the protesters taking off their head coverings and throwing them into makeshift fires, while others cut their hair in a symbolic move. “No to the veil, no to the turban, yes to freedom and equality,” chants were heard among the demonstrators in Tehran.
Additionally, Iranian protesters burned the largest effigy of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in addition to burning the flag, while chanting anti-regime slogans. At the same time, the Mahar news agency reported that for the first time the forces of the special women’s unit were used to suppress demonstrators in demonstrations. Iran’s state media this week reported demonstrations in at least 13 cities, including the capital Tehran.
Protest in Amol district:
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As a reminder, yesterday the authorities in Iran blocked access to the social networks owned by the META company, including WhatsApp and Instagram. According to the company’s data, significant disruptions were felt in the reception of the servers, among others in the Kurdistan province in western Iran and also in the capital city of Tehran. It should be noted that various media sites are regularly blocked throughout the Persian state, but some residents with significant technological knowledge manage to bypass the government block. Among the sites that are regularly blocked in Iran are “Twitter”, “YouTube”, “Tik Tok” and “Facebook”.
According to Islamic law implemented in Iran following the 1979 revolution, women must wear a hijab, and violation of this law can result in a sentence of up to two months in prison. The fine for violating the law may be 50,000 to 500,000 riyals.