‘Women, life, liberty’: Iranian civil rights protests spread worldwide

Patrick Wintour

Worldwide protests were being held on Saturday in solidarity with the growing uprising in Iran demanding greater freedom and protesting against the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest by Iranian morality police. Demonstrations under the slogan “Women, life, liberty” took place in many major cities, including Auckland, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney and Zurich.

A protest in Tehran on Saturday over Mahsa Amini’s death. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Efforts were also under way inside Iran on Saturday to launch a national strike, mainly in the country’s Kurdish cities, as well as to promote the non-payment of taxes to the government. Public anger flared after Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in custody on 16 September, three days after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict rules for women on wearing hijab headscarves and modest clothing.

After probably the single most violent incident of the protests, security officials were claiming security had been restored in the city of Zahedan, in eastern Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province, where the police had fired on civilians during Friday prayers.

As many as 40 people were reported dead after protests were sparked by stories that a policeman had raped a woman….


‘Women are in charge. They are leading’: Iran protests continue despite crackdowns