In Iran, protests continue, this time a young Iranian woman was shot, according to a video posted on social media by an Iranian journalist and activist.
“Piercing. A young woman fights for her life. Her crime is just protesting the tragic death of #MahsaAmini. The woman sending this video from Mashhad says: “We don’t know if she is alive or not. Security forces beat us for filming this tragic moment,” wrote Iranian activist Masih Alinejad. The text accompanies the dramatic images of the city of Mashhad.
The images show how a group of protesters tries to help a young woman lying on the ground, shot by the forces of the Iranian regime during the fourth week of repression, in a violent day that was characterized by massive protests throughout the country.
The body remains motionless, the eyes open and only the cries of despair of those who are there are heard.
The video is similar to dozens of others that managed to bypass the Iranian regime’s censorship and managed to go viral to show the brutal repression of the security forces.
Iran lives this Saturday a new day of protests almost four weeks after the death of Mahsa Amini, which triggered a wave of condemnations in the world and a bloody repression.
Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, was detained on September 13 by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly failing to respect the strict dress code for women in Iran, which requires them to wear headscarves. She died three days later in hospital and her death sparked protests in the country and solidarity movements around the world.
The demonstrations, the most important in Iran since those of 2019 against the increase in the price of gasoline, were suppressed with blood.
Today protests were registered in several neighborhoods of Tehran, the capital, as well as in Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz and Tabriz, among other cities.
In Saqqez, located in Kurdistan (west) and where Amini was originally from, a group of female students demonstrated by waving their veils above their heads, reported the Norwegian-based human rights NGO Hengaw. “Woman, life, freedom”, they chanted.
In Tehran, female university students booed President Ebrahim Raisi as he appeared at Tehran’s all-female Al-Zahra University. Inside the auditorium, with a carefully selected audience, he affirmed that the Iranian students will not allow “the dreams of the enemy” to come true… However, meters away from him, at the gates of the compound, hundreds of students booed him and chanted brave slogans in against repression.
“Death to the oppressor,” “Raisi, go away,” they shouted, according to the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group. The group held out for long minutes until it was dispersed and the university authorities tried to downplay the episode.