Iranian women remove headscarves at Mahsa Amini’s funeral

Iranian women remove headscarves at Mahsa Amini’s funeral

  • Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after she was arrested for allegedly breaking the rules by wearing a hijab.
  • At her funeral, videos show women protesting by removing their headscarves and waving them in the air.
  • Police reportedly responded by firing tear gas at protesters and making arrests.

Protests erupted Saturday at the funeral of a 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s Islamic morality police, according to reports.

Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after witnesses accused police officers of forcing her into a truck and beating her in Tehran, Insider reported.

She was arrested for allegedly not following strict hijab-wearing rules. Police said Amini died of a “sudden” heart attack after being detained, a claim her family disputes and human rights groups say warrant an investigation.

At her funeral, held in Amini’s hometown of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan region, mourners protested what Amnesty International described as her “suspicious” death.

Those attending the funeral chanted “death to the dictator,” referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, The National reported. Some protesters marched on the local governor’s office, according to videos verified by the BBC’s Persian service.

According to videos, some women removed their veils, or hijabs, in protest of the hijab-wearing rules used in Amini’s arrest. A video shared by Masih Alinejad shows several women in Saqqez waving their headscarves in the air as they shout anti-government slogans.

Police responded to the protests by firing tear gas at protesters and arresting some people who marched to the local governor’s office, according to BBC News.

There were reports of injuries, the news agency said.

Women across the country are filming themselves cutting their hair and destroying their hijabs, according to another video shared by Alinejad.

Wearing the hijab has been mandatory in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and in recent weeks the Iranian government has cracked down on women who don’t appear to comply, according to RFE/RL.

BBC News also noted that according to Netblocks, a cyber security and internet governance monitoring service, internet connections were disrupted in Tehran and Saqqez during the protests. Users said they were unable to upload videos to Instagram or send content via Whatsapp, according to the news agency.

Iran has shut down the Internet in the past to suppress political protests. In 2019, the country’s Supreme National Security Council ordered a week-long internet blackout to quell protests across the country.

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