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Death of Mahsa Amini in Iran: 11 dead in six days of demonstrations


Nasibe Samsaei, an Iranian woman living in Turkey, holds her ponytail after cutting it with scissors, during a protest outside the Iranian consulate in Istanbul on September 21, 2022, following the death of an Iranian woman after his arrest by the country’s vice police in Tehran. YASIN AKGUL / AFP Iranian authorities blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp on Thursday, September 22, after six days of protests over the death of a woman arrested by morality police, in which 11 people died, according to an official report . The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini has drawn strong condemnation around the world as international NGOs have denounced a “brutal” crackdown on protests. At the UN podium on Wednesday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, said he was in solidarity with the “courageous women of Iran”. The young woman, originally from Kurdistan, was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothes” by the morality police, a unit responsible for enforcing the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where women must cover their hair and are not allowed to wear short coats above the knee, tight pants or jeans with holes. She died on September 16 in hospital. Activists said she was fatally shot in the head, but Iranian officials denied this and announced an investigation. Read the story: Article reserved for our subscribers In Iran, anger grows after the death of Mahsa Amini, who has become the symbol of the brutality of the regime The demonstrations started immediately after the announcement of her death. Since then, they have taken place in fifteen cities, as far as Qom, south-west of Tehran, birthplace of the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. According to a latest report published by Iranian agencies on Thursday, seven demonstrators and four members of the security forces were killed during the protests. Iranian officials have denied any involvement in the deaths of the protesters. Amnesty International denounced a “brutal repression” and “the illegal use of shots, steel pellets, tear gas, water cannons and sticks to disperse demonstrators”. Read the forum: Article reserved for our subscribers Death of Mahsa Amini in Iran: “The Iranian authorities are at an impasse” Viral images Demonstrators protest against the death of Mahsa Amini on September 21, 2022, in Tehran. – / AFP Since the beginning of the demonstrations, connections have been slowed down and the authorities have then blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp. “By decision of the officials, it is no longer possible to access Instagram in Iran since Wednesday evening and access to WhatsApp is also disrupted,” the Fars news agency reported. This measure was taken because of “actions carried out by counter-revolutionaries against national security through these social networks”, Fars said. Read also the editorial: Iran: the regime cracks down, again and again Instagram and WhatsApp were the most used applications in Iran since the blocking of platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Telegram, Twitter and Tiktok in recent years. In addition, Internet access is largely filtered or restricted by the authorities. In southern Iran, videos apparently from Wednesday show protesters burning a huge portrait of General Qassem Soleimani, killed by a US strike in Iraq in January 2020. Elsewhere in the country, protesters torched police vehicles and chanted anti-government slogans, according to the official Irna agency. The police responded with tear gas and numerous arrests. Read the interview: After the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran, “it’s women who are at the front of the demonstrations, it’s unprecedented” Other images show demonstrators resisting the police. The most viral on social networks are those where we see women setting fire to their headscarves. “No to the headscarf, no to the turban, yes to freedom and equality! “, shouted demonstrators in Tehran, their slogans having been taken up in solidarity in New York or Istanbul. The World with AFP



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