Protests have been going on in Iran for a week over the death of a girl who was detained by police for "wrong" wearing a hijab.  Dozens of people died


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Protest in Tehran. September 21, 2022

Protests have been going on in Iran for a week now, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the vice police for “wrong” wearing the hijab. She died in the hospital after being brought there from the police station.

The first actions began on September 16, the day the girl died. Since then, protests have engulfed dozens of cities. Their participants build barricades on the streets and chant “Death to the dictator” and “Woman, life, freedom.” Law enforcement officers disperse the actions with particular cruelty – dozens of people were killed, hundreds were injured.

According to the human rights organization Iran Human Rights (IHR), during the protests died at least 31 people – among them were teenagers, the elderly and one 10 year old girl. Most people died on the night of September 22 in the city of Amol, located in the north of the country. According to the source of the organization, during the night clashes 11 people were killed by security personnel. About 60 people were arrested.

Another source told IHR that on the same night, about 200 women arrested for participating in the protests were taken from Tehran to the Gharchak city prison. According to him, the women had previously spent two days in custody, where they were severely beaten.

After the protests began, the Iranian authorities began to restrict access to the Internet, and later completely turned it off. NetBlocks Non-Profit Organization informsthat in some parts of the country it began as early as 19 September. Later, the restrictions extended to the whole country. On September 21, a complete shutdown of mobile networks was recorded. According to the organization, these are the largest internet outages in the country since 2019 protestswhen died about 1500 people.

“The government has blocked access to the internet to prevent people from sending evidence of government atrocities to the outside world. We must continue to amplify the voice of the Iranian people so that public outrage over Amini’s death does not turn into a massacre.” declared Hadi Ghemi, head of the human rights organization Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

The Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw provides the most detailed information on the victims of the protests, but its data is limited to Iranian Kurdistan and Western Azerbaijan. Yes, the organization confirmedthat on September 21 protests were held in at least 12 cities, eight people were killed and about 300 were injured during these actions. Two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were among the dead.

In total, according to the organization, in the five days after the death of Mahsi Amini, at least 15 people were killed in two provinces of Iran, more than 730 were injured and about 600 were arrested. At the same time, the organization notes that many of those injured do not seek medical help, as they are afraid that they will be arrested.

Information on cooperation between law enforcement agencies and medical institutions confirms IranWire news resource. In particular, he claimsthat ambulances with victims immediately go to police stations.

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi during a press conference at a session of the UN General Assembly declaredthat “in Iran there is freedom of expression”, but actions aimed at creating chaos are unacceptable. The head of the Iranian judiciary Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei approved the holding of “preventive detentions”. Iranian journalists banned cover protests under threat of arrest.

“After hundreds of civilians have been killed in recent years during the crackdown on anti-government protests, the possibility of massive bloodshed is now real and the world must take action before it is too late,” CHRI chief Hadi Ghemi said.

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