Iran Hijab Protests Grow 40 Days After Mahsa Amini’s Death – A Timeline

By STI (Update)

Iranian security forces reportedly fired live ammunition on Wednesday at protesters who gathered in Mahsa Amini’s hometown 40 days after her death. Amini had died after being beaten while detained by Iranian morality police for wearing her hijab “inappropriately”.

Iranian security forces in Saqqez reportedly opened fire on protesters who gathered on Wednesday (October 26th) in Mahsa Amini’s hometown to mark 40 days since her death. The 22-year-old died in police custody on September 16 in Tehran after being arrested by Iranian morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab “inappropriately”.

Thousands of protesters gathered near the Kurdish woman’s grave and clashed with police. Rights groups and witnesses said security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters in the city, AFP reported.

“Security forces fired tear gas and opened fire at people in Zindan Square in the city of Saqqez,” AFP quoted Norwegian group Hengaw as saying. Hengaw monitors rights violations in the Kurdish regions of Iran. wounded.

Mahsa Amini was arrested on September 13 by the Gasht-e Ershad, or morality police, while on a family vacation in Tehran. She was arrested for wearing her hijab or headscarf loosely.

According to several sources, the police beat Amini with a truncheon and banged her head against a vehicle. She fell into a coma after collapsing in a detention center. Tehran police denied the allegations and released the CCTV footage. After being in a coma for three days, Amini died on September 16. Police said she had suffered a heart attack.

At her September 17 funeral in Saqez, women protested by tearing off their hijabs. Police reportedly used tear gas on protesters.

Three people were reportedly killed on September 20 during demonstrations in Kurdistan. A 16-year-old girl, Nika Shahkarami, is reported missing in Tehran and then found dead.

Women cut their hair in protest

Women were cutting their hair and burning their hijabs in public and posting TikTok videos. The slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” was widely used during the flash demonstrations.

Swedish Member of the European Parliament Abir Al-Sahlani cut her hair while speaking at the EU Assembly in Strasbourg, France, on October 6, in an act of solidarity with Iranian women . More than 50 high-profile French women, including popular actresses Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani and Isabelle Huppert, filmed themselves cutting their hair in support of Iranian women and girls who lost their lives in the demonstrations.

Five weeks after Amini’s death, the demonstrations and protests show no sign of ending. According to the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights, the crackdown on protesters by security forces has resulted in the deaths of at least 141 protesters up to October 25, AFP reported.

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