After several days of protests desire Demonstration this Friday (23) against customs police and compulsory veiling In favor of the regime In many cities across the country.
Public actions this Friday were called by authorities to defend the use of the veil.
Iranian women demonstrate in support of the regime in Tehran on September 23, 2022 – Photo: Majid Askaripour/WANA/Reuters
The council, which is responsible for organizing fair demonstrations for the veil, has characterized protesters who have taken to the streets in recent days as mercenaries, accusing them of insulting the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad and burning mosques and the flag. desiretold IRNA.
An Iranian man hugs a police officer during a pro-headscarf protest in Tehran on September 23, 2022 – Photo: Majid Askaripour/WANA/Reuters
A young man died due to veiling
The death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by customs police for not wearing a face mask, which authorities deem appropriate, sparked a wave of protests.
Amini was pronounced dead on September 16, three days after being detained by police in Tehran. According to NGOs, the woman, Zina in Kurdish, suffered a fatal blow to the head, a report denied by officials who announced the investigation.
News of the death sparked widespread outrage in major cities across the country. The protests spread to the main centers of the city desire.
According to images posted on social media, some protesters removed their hijabs in protest, burned them or symbolically cut their hair in front of cheering crowds.
Anti-Iran – Photo: Reuters
According to Amnesty International and other NGOs, security forces fired rubber bullets and metal bullets, tear gas and water cannons into the crowd.
According to NetBlocks, Internet access is restricted in the form of “curfew-style interruptions”.
Instagram and WhatsApp, which have been blocked since Wednesday, are yet to be accessed this Friday.
Death toll in protests: 17 or 50?
According to official data released as of Thursday, the protests have killed at least 17 people, including five members of the security services.
According to the latest tally released on Friday by Iran Human Rights (IHR), an Oslo-based NGO, the number is higher, saying 50 people died. The NGO reported that protests took place in about 80 places last week.
According to the Kurdish human rights group Henga, security forces fired weapons at protesters during overnight clashes in the northern city of Osnavi.
In the city of Babol, protesters set fire to a large billboard depicting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to videos shared online that could not be independently verified.
A protest for Iran’s government in Tehran on September 23, 2022 – Photo: Majid Askaripour/WANA/Reuters
Amid protests across the country, the US Treasury Department issued guidance on Friday to expand the range of internet services available to Iranians despite US sanctions. desire After the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody.
Officials said the move would give Iranians access to tools used to evade state surveillance and censorship, but would not completely prevent Tehran’s government from using communications tools to quell dissent, as it has cut off Internet access for most citizens. .
“As brave Iranians take to the streets to protest Mahza Amini’s death, the United States is redoubling its support for the free exchange of information for the Iranian people,” said Deputy Treasury Secretary Wali Adiemo.
“With these changes, we are better prepared to counter the government’s efforts to monitor and censor the Iranian people.”
Ademo added that Washington will continue to issue guidance in the coming weeks.
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