September 25, 2022

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Protests against regimes: Iran’s fiercest clashes again

Status: 22.09.2022 2:08 pm

Anti-regime protests continue in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahza Amini. Apparently there were more dead people. According to both systems, Internet access is restricted.

Protests continue in Iran after Mahza Amini’s death, with thousands of people on the streets in around 15 cities, according to Iranian media reports.

Violent clashes erupted again during the night between protesters and security forces. According to Iranian media, eleven people have been killed so far – apparently including four security forces. The Associated Press put the death toll at nine.

The Kurdish human rights organization Hengao reported that ten demonstrators were killed by security forces. Iranian officials denied this, saying armed protesters had fired on them. Information on both sides cannot be verified at this time.

Videos of women wearing headscarves

Amini, 22, died last Friday in a hospital in Tehran. Before her death, the subcommittee arrested her for violating strict hijab norms.

Many speculated that the police officers had beaten Amini. Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and police have denied this, but authorities have opened investigations. A senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he had sent his condolences to Amini’s family and “sorrow for their death”.

Videos on social networks later showed women burning their veils and two demonstrators tearing down two large posters with the heads of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini and his successor Khamenei. It is difficult to verify whether the videos are authentic. The dimensions of the protests are also difficult to assess.

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Earlier demonstrations were scaled down

Iran expert Ali Fathollah Nejad explains based on English-language studies: “Just looking at the numbers, there were 4,000 protests in Iran last year. This is a record since 2016. We have 2,200 protests in the first half of this year.

However, so far, the regime in Tehran has always managed these demonstrations – be it high gasoline prices in 2019, unpaid wages, the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020, water shortages or a collapsed building with several deaths this summer.

Internet is blocked

Authorities have now shut down the internet, according to human rights group Hengao and internet censorship watchdog NetBlocks. Access to Instagram is restricted, and mobile networks are also shut down. Instagram is the only major social media platform licensed in Iran.

“Iran is now subject to strict internet restrictions after the November 2019 massacre,” NetBlocks reported. 1500 people were killed then.