Yesterday, Iranian security forces suppressed protests in the Kurdish regions of the country. Yesterday marked one year since the death of the young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, after her arrest by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
According to state media, “counter-revolutionaries” and “terrorists” have been arrested in several Iranian cities. There were no large-scale protests, perhaps due to the large presence of security forces.
But videos posted on social media showed residents of cities, including Tehran, chanting slogans against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, such as “Death to the dictator!” Protests also broke out in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, and in Mashhad, northeast of the country.
The Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported that security forces opened fire in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. At least one person is said to have been injured. Hengaw said that seven people were injured in the city of Kermanshah.
Fire in prison
In addition, female prisoners set fire to a prison near Tehran, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. Prison guards reportedly extinguished the fire and there were no casualties. According to the Kurdish Network for Human Rights, the incident is linked to the protests marking the death anniversary of Mahsa Amini.
Amini’s death has also been commemorated in other countries. Hundreds gathered in London chanting, “Woman, live freedom!” Shouted. In Rome, about a hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the Iranian embassy. In Paris, the city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, announced that a park in the French capital will now bear the name Amini.
Mahsa Amini’s father was briefly detained today. Kurdish human rights groups reported this. He was reportedly asked not to publicly commemorate his 22-year-old daughter’s death. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) described the reports regarding Father Amini’s arrest as lies and aimed at “inciting people to take to the streets.”
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