Teheran: Iranian forces killed 31 people in protest against the beheading of Masa Amini for failing to wear a hijab. Mohammad Mogadam, director of the Iranian Human Rights Organization in Oslo, announced that 31 people had died in six days. Eleven people were killed in northern Mazandaran alone and six were killed in Babol district in the same state. 15 protesters were killed by Iranian forces in Kurdistan province.
Protests against the killing of Mahsa Amini started in Kurdistan and spread across Iran. Protests have spread to 30 cities and urban areas. Iran is buzzing with concern. For a week, the young women expressed their anger. Protesting women are seen protesting by cutting their hair and posting videos. They went out into the streets and took off their hijabs. They burned it… and shouted slogans.
Last week in the capital, Tehran, a young Kurdish woman, Amini and several others, were detained by moral police. Amini, who was healthy at the time of her arrest, fell into a coma and died the next day. Police said Amini had contracted the disease while in her custody, but her father said her daughter had no health problems. He suffered serious injuries to her leg, which he claimed was due to a police attack. There have been hundreds of thousands of tweets with the hashtag ‘Mahsa Amini’ in Persian protesting Amini’s death.
Kurdistan is of greater concern because Amini is a part of it. Internet service has been disrupted in the capital Sanandaz. A large number of security forces have been deployed in this area. Meanwhile, protests in Tehran have spread to the cities of Rasht, Mashad and Isfahan. The United States has described Amini’s death as a grave insult to human rights. France also condemned the incident. International observers say the Amini incident… the Iranian government… has the potential to spur tensions among the country’s Kurdish minority once again.