Demonstrations in Iran: at night, Tehran changes its face – World Today News

Since September 16, demonstrations have taken place every day in Tehran at nightfall to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested three days earlier in the Iranian capital for “wearing inappropriate clothes”. .

“As soon as evening falls, I have to close my store”

“In the morning, my wife drives the children to school and I open my store. Everything is calm,” said Mahmoud, 60, who sells phone accessories in Valiasr Square in the center of the Iranian capital. Before sunset, the square is full of people, traffic is very heavy and customers abound in the shops.

“But as soon as night falls and the protests start, business stops and I have to close my store,” he adds. But activists said disruptions to internet connections were making it increasingly difficult for the images to be transmitted. On Wednesday, Telecommunications Minister Issa Zarépour said that “restrictions have been applied to certain platforms, in particular American ones” which “played a role of organizer of the riots”. “The lifting of restrictions on the Internet depends on a decision by the authorities. »

The repression will continue

Many helmeted police officers armed with sticks then took up position to try to prevent the gatherings. After a “normal” day, Iranians take to the streets in the evening to demonstrate, says Marzieh, an 18-year-old journalism student who wears a dark chador. They burn tires and garbage cans and “there are fires all over the place”. “We can no longer speak of demonstrations (…) It turned into riots”, she exclaims.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called on security forces to act “firmly” against the demonstrations, which he described as “riots”. At the call of the authorities, demonstrations have taken place in recent days in several Iranian cities, including Tehran, in favor of the government and the wearing of the Islamic veil. “Police personnel will oppose with all their strength the conspiracies of counter-revolutionaries and hostile elements and will act firmly against those who disturb public order and security throughout the country,” the police command said in a press release on Wednesday.

Complaint filed against the police

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, women must cover their hair in public and the body to below the knees and must not wear tight pants or jeans with holes, among other things. According to media reports, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian, was wearing “inappropriate attire” when arrested while visiting her family in Tehran. The authorities deny any involvement in the young woman’s death, but the family claims the opposite. Mahsa Amini’s parents have filed a complaint against the police who arrested them, said family lawyer Me Saleh Nikbakht, quoted by the Isna news agency on Wednesday.

According to Erfan Salih Mortezaee, a cousin of Mahsa Amini, met in Kurdistan of Iraq, the young woman died after “a violent blow to the head” given by the morality police, the day of her arrest, September 13. The police “hit” her before taking her to a van where “the beatings continued”, according to the story of the young woman’s mother reported by Erfan Salih Mortezaee. She was then taken to hospital, where she died after three days in a coma.

“Woman, life and freedom”

Iranian women have been at the forefront of protests in Iran over the past few days, during which anti-government slogans have been launched. Protesters shouted anti-government slogans, tore up photos of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, threw stones at security forces, set fire to police cars and put the fire at public buildings, according to videos. On Tuesday, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim, Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested in Tehran for “inciting rioters to demonstrate”.

In the northwest of the capital, in the evening and for two to three hours, residents shout anti-government slogans from roofs and windows interspersed with “Woman, life and freedom”, says a resident, Ali. “Our daily life was not really disrupted during the day,” said Aaraam, a 30-year-old lawyer, behind her large sunglasses and wearing a gray scarf.

“But people’s feelings were really hurt. As an Iranian, my heart really sank when I saw how upset the people of my country were and were asserting their legitimate demands. “People work during the day, that’s why they protest at night. »

Since the start of the protests, around 60 people have been killed (75 according to the NGO Iran human rights) and more than a thousand arrested in thirteen days of protests, according to an official report. Police reported 10 officers dead but it was unclear if these were among the 60 dead.

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