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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...

  • #2
    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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            • #8
              Source: https://www.arabnews.com/node/2183261/middle-east

              More protests in Iran after schoolgirl beaten to death
              Updated 16 sec ago
              Arab News
              October 18, 2022 13:31

              Authorities in Ardabil beat, detained several children following raid on school
              Asra Panahi, 16, died in hospital, sparking outrage

              LONDON: An Iranian schoolgirl has reportedly been killed after refusing to sing a song in favor of the regime in Tehran in her classroom.

              Sixteen-year-old Asra Panahi was allegedly beaten along with several classmates by security forces after Shahed girls high school in Ardabil was raided on Oct. 13 amid nationwide protests, according to the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association.

              Several of the girls were taken to hospital and a number arrested. Panahi is thought to have died of her injuries.

              Iranian state officials denied responsibility, and a man claiming to be her uncle later appeared on state TV following widespread anger at her death to claim she had died of a congenital heart condition...

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              • #9
                Iran Protesters Refuse to Back Down as 15,000 Face Execution

                BY GIULIA CARBONARO ON 11/10/22 AT 8:26 AM EST

                Nationwide protests continue in Iran for the 53rd straight day, despite nearly 15,000 Iranians having been arrested in connection to the demonstrations and who are now facing the death penalty.

                As thousands continue to rally across Iran's capital city of Tehran, defying a brutal crackdown by Iranian forces, on Tuesday, the country's parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of the death penalty for protesters.

                The decision came after recent calls from within the Iranian government to punish protesters in a way that would quell the demonstrations. In a letter signed by 227 out of 290 members of parliament cited by Iran's state-run Press TV on Sunday, lawmakers asked to teach those arrested "a good lesson" so as to deter others from joining them.
                ...
                Women have led the protests, setting their headscarves on fire and cutting their hair in solidarity, and were later joined by men and teenage boys. Hundreds of people protesting Amin's death were killed by police, and thousands were arrested in the past eight weeks.
                ...
                https://www.newsweek.com/iran-protes...cution-1758578
                "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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                • #10
                  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/...iran-explainer
                  By Maziar Motamedi
                  Published On 16 Nov 202216 Nov 2022

                  Tehran, Iran – Reports that the Iranian state has sentenced approximately 15,000 people to death for participating in the now two months of protests in the country have circulated widely on social media and in news.
                  First reported by Newsweek, they were so widespread that even Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, tweeted about the claim, saying: “Canada denounces the Iranian regime’s barbaric decision to impose the death penalty on nearly 15,000 protesters.”
                  The protesters in question have been on the streets nearly every day since the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the country’s morality police in Tehran for allegedly not complying with Iran’s dress code for women.

                  But Trudeau later deleted the tweet, and Newsweek corrected its story...
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                  • #11
                    Two prominent Iranian actresses arrested - state media

                    Published
                    20 hours ago


                    Two prominent Iranian actresses have been arrested for publicly supporting mass anti-government protests, the country's state-run media reports.

                    Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi are accused of collusion and acting against Iran's authorities, Irna news agency says.

                    Both women earlier appeared in public without their headscarves - a gesture of solidarity with demonstrators.
                    ...
                    Human rights activists have said that some 400 demonstrators have been killed and 16,800 others arrested in a crackdown by security forces.
                    ...
                    At least five protesters have been sentenced to death in connection with the demonstrations.

                    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63698162
                    "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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