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    UN alarm as Iran cracks down on anti-hijab protests sparked by woman's death
    By David Gritten
    BBC News Published 29 minutes ago

    The UN has expressed alarm at Iranian authorities' response to protests sparked by the death in custody of a woman detained for breaking hijab laws.

    Human rights groups said three people were killed on Monday as security forces opened fire at men, women and children who took to the streets of Kurdistan province for a fourth day.

    Protests also took place in Tehran.

    The UN urged Iran's leaders to allow peaceful demonstrations and launch an impartial probe into the woman's death.

    Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from the western city of Saqez, who was from Iran's Kurdish minority, died in hospital on Friday after spending three days in a coma.

    She was with her brother in Tehran on Tuesday when she was arrested by Iran's morality police, who accused her of breaking the law requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf, and their arms and legs with loose clothing. She fell into a coma shortly after collapsing at a detention centre.

    Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada al-Nashif said there were reports that Ms Amini was beaten on the head with a baton by morality police officers and that her head was banged against one of their vehicles.

    The police have denied that she was mistreated and said she suffered "sudden heart failure". But her family has said she was fit and healthy...

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    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62994003

    Iran police battle protesters in Tehran as unrest over woman's death spirals
    By David Gritten
    BBC News
    Published 6 minutes ago

    There have been running battles between Iranian police and anti-government protesters in Tehran in the worst unrest there for years.

    One person told BBC Persian that her neighbourhood resembled a battlefield.

    The protests, now in their seventh day, have reached 80 other cities and towns. A human rights group said at least 31 civilians had been killed, while state television put the death toll at 17.

    The unrest was sparked by the death of a woman detained by morality police.

    Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman from the north-western city of Saqez, died in hospital in Tehran on Friday following three days in a coma...

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    • #3
      Iran blocks capital’s internet access as Amini protests grow

      Social media platforms have also been cut off in areas of Tehran and Kurdistan as videos of dissent go viral

      Weronika Strzyżyńska and agencies
      Thu 22 Sep 2022 08.08 EDT

      Iran has shut off the internet in parts of Tehran and Kurdistan, and blocked access to platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp, in an attempt to curb a growing protest movement that has relied on social media to document dissent.

      The protests, which were sparked on 16 September after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in police custody, show no sign of subsiding. On Thursday, protesters torched police stations and vehicles in several cities.

      This comes as anti-regime demonstrations spilled into cyberspace, with videos of women burning their hijabs going viral. Other women have been posting emotional videos in which they cut their hair in protest under the hashtag #Mahsa_Amini.

      Mahsa Amini was detained on 16 September for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an “improper” way. Activists said the woman, whose Kurdish first name is Jhina, had suffered a fatal blow to the head, a claim denied by officials, who have announced an investigation. Police continue to maintain that she died of natural causes, but her family suspect that she was subjected to beating and torture.
      ...
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-protests-grow
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        20 yr. old Hadis Najafi shot in the chest in Karaj : https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/st...048642/photo/1

        Minu Majidi - Mother of two and killed by security forces in Kermanshah: https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/st...372934/photo/1

        Ghazale Chelevi - 32 yr. old killed by security forces: https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/st...113792/photo/1

        Hananeh Kia - 23 yrs old shot by security forces: https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/st...635264/photo/1

        Mahsa - 18 yr. old shot dead by security forces: https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/st...170560/photo/1

        Erfan Rezai - 21 yrs., old - killed by security forces: https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/st...791041/photo/1

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        • #5


          Rupa Marya, MD
          @DrRupaMarya
          The women of Iran need our eyes on them!! Their courage to speak out and destabilize oppression is an example for all of us. Religious zealots around the world are infringing on our rights. It is critical to push back in every way.


          Leena Manimekalai
          @LeenaManimekali
          · Sep 22
          This picture of chopped hair hoisted as a flag will be the photograph of this century. #IranProtests2022
          Show this thread

          7:26 PM · Sep 24, 2022·Twitter Web App

          https://twitter.com/DrRupaMarya/stat...C-keXQr9crAAAA

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        • #6

          Death toll from Iranian protests climbs to 41

          President Ebrahim Raisi urges the authorities to ‘decisively deal with those who disrupt the country’s security and peace’

          more....

          https://www.ft.com/content/c2e002bf-...8-64b866fbb4b1

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          • #7
            ​NetBlocks
            @netblocks

            Confirmed: Real-time metrics show a nation-scale disruption to Mobinnet, one of the largest network operators in #Iran, as widespread internet platform restrictions and rolling blackouts continue amid protests over the death of #MahsaAmini

            Report: https://netblocks.org/reports/intern...ni-X8qVEwAD​


            8:44 AM · Sep 25, 2022
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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