Dozens die in protests over the death of Mahsa Amini

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Mahsa Amini
Mahsa Amini. (Source: twitter/mardiasih)

Jakarta, IO – The death of Masa Amini (22) after being arrested by the morality police because she was considered not wearing hijab (head scarf) properly has continued to fuel the anger of Iranians across a wide swathe of the society, leading to large demonstrations at many places.

Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) tweeted that at least 83 people including children are confirmed to have been killed in the last two weeks. The demonstrations are the largest since the ones in 2019, which was sparked by rising gasoline prices, reported Tempo on Friday (30/9).

Despite the rising death toll as a result of fierce crackdown by authorities, videos circulating on Twitter show demonstrators calling for the fall of a number of clerical establishment in Tehran and several other cities.

Iran’s state television said police had arrested a large number of rioters without giving a specific number. Rights groups say dozens of activists, students and artists have been detained.

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The Committee to Protect Journalists said on Twitter that security forces had arrested at least 28 journalists since September 29. (un)