Iran has experienced waves of discontent in recent years, but this round of protests does not seem to be easing up – instead, Iranians are fighting back against security forces who are violently trying to curb dissent. Protests have escalated since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by the Islamic Republic’s notorious “morality police”.
Mahsa Amini was arrested by the Iranian "Gasht-e-Ershad" morality police, who are tasked with enforcing the country’s mandatory veiling laws, on September 13. She was taken to hospital just hours after her arrest and died there three days later.
Iranian officials claimed she suffered a “heart attack”, but the young woman’s family told Iranian media that she had no prior condition. The well-known brutality of Iran’s morality police has led to an outpouring of anger among Iranians who believe that she was killed by security forces.
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The consequent protests have been deadly. At least eight people, including one child, were killed during the protests on September 19 and 20, according to Amnesty International. Hundreds more have been injured or even blinded.
In Tabriz, protesters threw stones at riot police vehicles.