At least 17 people have died in the protests rocking iran for six days for the Mahsa Amin’s death after being arrested for wearing the veil wrongIranian state television announced on Thursday.
“Seventeen people have died, including police officers, in the incidents of recent days,” said the IRIB television, who stated that it is his count and that it is not government data. Until now the authorities had confirmed the death of eight people, including three members of the security forces. The protests began on Friday after learning of the death of Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the Morale Police for wearing the veil wrong and have been spreading throughout the country.
With shouts such as “Justice, freedom and no to the compulsory hijab”, “Women, life, freedom” or “Death to the dictator”, the protesters have shown their indignation in at least 20 cities in the countryin protests in which violence has intensified with the security forces resorting to riot gear. In clashes last night, protesters burned at least two police stations and several vehicles.
Videos shared on Twitter by activists and journalists showed protests in many cities from the country last night, but its authenticity is unverified. In the northwestern city of Rasht, an elderly woman went without a veil while shouting “Death to the dictator”, according to one of the videos. Other videos have shown women burning veils, images that have become symbols of the protests.
The government blocked mobile internet almost completely last night and limited apps like Whatsapp and Instagram in an apparent attempt to control the protests. The state of communications improved in the morning, but on Thursday afternoon it began to fail again. Social networks, especially Twitter, are playing an important role, with protesters posting hundreds of videos on them.
Faced with this situation, the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard described this Thursday the protests “sedition” and asked the Judiciary to judge those who “spread rumors and lies” on social networks and in the streets. A petition joined by the ultra-conservative newspaper “Kayhan”, whose director is chosen by the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, who criticized the judiciary by apparently do not condemn anyone for the protests.
“Show no mercy to these criminals,” the newspaper asked. Amini was arrested on Tuesday last week by the so-called Morale Police in Tehran, where she was visiting, and she was taken to a police station to attend “an hour of re-education” for wearing the veil wrong. He died three days later in a hospital where arrived in a coma after suffering a heart attackwhich the authorities have attributed to health problemssomething rejected by the family.
His death has managed to galvanize thousands of Iranians through pain and empathy, unlike other occasions when the demonstrations were reduced to fragmented social groups mobilized by the economy. The authorities insist that the protests are incited by the “foreign enemy” with the intervention of embassies and intelligence services of other countries. The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisí, will return to Tehran tomorrow from New York, where he gave a speech before the UN General Assembly, on a day in which the authorities plan marches in support of the regime.