Iranian women defy the Islamic regime by removing their headscarves and waving them in the air during protests against deaths in police custody, video shows
Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after her arrest for allegedly breaking hijab rules.
At her funeral, videos show women protesting by removing their headscarves and waving them in the air.
Police responded by firing tear gas at protesters and making arrests, according to reports.
Protests erupted Saturday at the funeral of a 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s Islamic Morality Police, according to reports.
Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after witnesses accused police of forcing her into a van and beating her in Tehran, Insider reported.
She was arrested for not following the strict rules of wearing the hijab. Police say Amini died of a “sudden” heart attack after his arrest, a claim that his family disputes and human rights groups warrant an investigation.
At his funeral, which took place in Saqqez, Amini’s hometown in Iran’s Kurdistan region, mourners protested what Amnesty International described as his “suspicious” death.
Those present at the funeral chanted “Death to the dictator”, referring to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, The National reported. Some protesters marched towards the local governor’s office, according to videos verified by the BBC’s Persian Service.
A number of women have taken off their headscarves, or hijabs, to protest against hijab rules that were used to arrest Amini, according to videos. A video shared by Masih Alinejad shows several Saqqez women waving their headscarves in the air while chanting anti-government slogans.
Police responded to the protests by firing tear gas at protesters and arresting some people marching towards the local governor’s office, according to BBC News.
Injuries were reported, the outlet said.
Women across the country have filmed themselves cutting their hair and destroying their hijab, according to another video shared by Alinejad.
Wearing the hijab has been compulsory in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and in recent weeks the Iranian government has cracked down on women who do not appear to comply, according to RFE/RL.
BBC News also noted that according to Netblocks, a cybersecurity and internet governance watchdog, internet connections were cut in Tehran and Saqqez during the protests. Users said they couldn’t upload videos to Instagram or send content via Whatsapp, according to the outlet.
Iran previously shut down the internet to suppress political protests. In 2019, the country’s Supreme National Security Council ordered a week-long internet blackout to quell nationwide protests.
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