Six reported killed as Iran protests spread over woman’s death

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Protests have spread across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini after the young woman was arrested by the morality police, as a rights group said Wednesday two more protesters were killed overnight, raising the toll to six.

Public anger has flared since Iranian authorities on Friday announced the death of 22-year-old Amini, who had been held for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an “improper” way. 

Some women demonstrators have defiantly taken off their hijabs and burned them in bonfires or symbolically cut their hair, video footage spread virally on social media has shown.

Demonstrators hurled stones at security forces, set fire to police vehicles and garbage bins and chanted anti-government slogans, the official IRNA news agency said.

Overnight rallies were held in Tehran and other cities including Mashhad in the northeast, Tabriz in the northwest, Rasht in the north, Isfahan in the centre and Shiraz in the south, IRNA reported.

In Iran, the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke publicly on Wednesday, but without mentioning the spreading unrest, and the ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi was to speak later in the day at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Ismail Zarei Koosha, the governor of Kurdistan province — where Amini lived and where the protests started — said on Tuesday that three people had been killed during protests.

The Norway-based Kurdish human rights group Hengaw — which had first reported those three deaths — said Wednesday that two more protesters had been killed overnight.

Another male protester who was wounded in Divandareh on September 17 died from his injuries in hospital, it said.

Amini’s death and Iran’s response to the protests have sparked condemnation from the United Nations, United States, France and other countries. 

Foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani on Tuesday condemned what he called “foreign interventionist positions”.

Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Issa Zarepour on Wednesday warned of internet restrictions, citing the “security issues of these days,” ISNA news agency said.

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Originally published as Six reported killed as Iran protests spread over woman’s death


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