NB: The Iranian theocracy is a brutal ideological tyranny. From their horrendous prison massacre in 1988 till today their approach to politics has remained unchanged. And we should all think as to why governments and man think they have the right to tell women how to dress. In India there’s an ongoing battle about schoolgirls wearing hijab. Why can’t people be left alone to wear or not to wear what they want? Or is it just about exercising control? The death of Ms Amini is yet another of the Iranian regimes crimes against humanity. DS
A series of protests have broken out in Iran after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, who died in hospital on 16 September, three days after she was arrested and reportedly beaten by morality police in Tehran. Demonstrators initially gathered outside Kasra hospital in Tehran, where Amini was being treated. Human rights groups reported that security forces deployed pepper spray against protesters and that several were arrested. Amini’s body was then transported to her native province of Kurdistan for burial, which took place on the morning of 17 September.
“The security institutions forced the Amini family to hold the funeral without any ceremony to prevent tensions,” said Soma Rostami from Hengaw, a Kurdish human rights organisation. Despite the warnings, hundreds of people have reportedly gathered in Amini’s home town of Saqqez for the burial. Some shouted anti-government slogans such as “death to the dictator”. Kurdish civil society organisations have called for a general strike in all of Kurdistan. Videos of protesters in Saqqez tearing down posters of Iran’s authoritarian leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, have spread across social media.
Amini was visiting Tehran with her family on 13 September when she was arrested by morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strict hijab law. Her family were told she would be released from the police station after a “re-education session”…..
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