Security Forces Clash with Protestors, Over 75 Killed as Anti-Hijab Protests Intensify in Iran

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Security Forces Clash with Protestors, Over 75 Killed as Anti-Hijab Protests Intensify in Iran
Chhabi Kala Yesterday 10:55 pm

"As the protests entered their 12th day over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, Iranian riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in dozens of cities on Tuesday. In a strong show of resistance and rage, the massive anti-hijab protest in Iran has been one of the strongest protests against the ruling government in recent times and women have stood at the forefront.

Despite a growing death toll and a fierce crackdown by security forces using tear gas, clubs and, in some cases, live ammunition, videos posted on social media showed protesters calling for the fall of the clerical establishment while clashing with security forces in Tehran, Tabriz, Karaj, Qom, Yazd and many other Iranian cities.

The protests erupted in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being in detention by morality police enforcing strict hijab rules on September 17. 10 days after her death, the protests have now spread across at least 46 Iranian cities, towns and villages. Meanwhile, a rights group claimed that over 75 people have been killed in the protests amid clashes with security forces."


Women on vanguard of transformative change in Iran​

By Vrinda Narain & Fatemeh Sadeghi
27 September 2022

"Sept. 27 (UPI) -- On Sept. 16, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, died in Tehran while in police custody. Amini was arrested by the Guidance Patrol, the morality squad of the Law Enforcement Command of the Islamic Republic of Iran that oversees public implementation of hijab regulations, for not wearing a hijab properly.

Soon after the news of her death was broadcast and a photograph emerged on social media of her lying in a Tehran hospital in a coma, people throughout the country became enraged.

Amini's death starkly illustrated the systematic violence of police and highlighted particularly the brutality of the regime toward women and minorities. She was Kurdish, a member of one of the most oppressed minority ethnic groups in Iran.

All Iranian women who are routinely humiliated because of their gender can empathize with her. But Kurds and Kurdish women in particular understood the political message of her death at the hands of police and the state's subsequent violent response to the protests."

"Although the current uprising may seem unprecedented, it is in fact part of a deep-rooted and longstanding resistance movement by women in Iran.

In what is widely seen as a punishment to the hundreds of women who participated in the anti-regime protests leading to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the hijab became compulsory two years later in 1981.

Consequently, publicly removing hijabs became a challenge to the regime in Iran.

Decades later, in 2017, Vida Movahed climbed onto a platform on Enghelab (Revolution) Street in the center of Tehran, took off her headscarf and waved it in the air as a sign of opposition to compulsory hijab.

She was followed by other women and the movement quickly became known as The Girls of Revolution Street or Dokhtaran-e Khiaban-e Enghelab."


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