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Women protesting against the hijab in Iran: demonstrations in several cities, including the capital Tehran; 5 killed, 250 arrested in police firing A to Z Counsel

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19 minutes agoAuthor: Poonam Kaushal

In Iran, 5 people were killed in police firing on protesters protesting moral policing. More than 80 are injured. These demonstrations started in the western part of the country. This area is called Kurdistan. People here have been demanding a separate country for many years.

22-year-old Mahsa Amini was taken into custody by the police for not covering her head. Mahsa was of Kurdish origin. She fell into a coma while in custody and died on 16 September. After this the anger of the women flared up. After the cities of Kurdistan, there have also been demonstrations in the capital Tehran. Women are demanding that the hijab should be made optional instead of compulsory.

Slogans against supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei

Khamenei, 83, was also the President of Iran from 1981 to 1989. It was under his leadership that the Islamic Revolution took place in 1979.

Ayatollah Khamenei is the supreme religious leader of Iran. Despite having a democratic system in the country, he takes all the important decisions. The protesters are also raising slogans against him. After this the police opened fire.

Demonstrations are taking place against Khamenei not only in Kurdistan, but in the capital Tehran and in many cities of the country. Men are also seen in large numbers along with women.

Clashes with security forces in Kurdish populated areas
Foreign media is banned in Iran. It is also not easy to reach people here. Despite this, news of police brutality in Kurdistan is coming out. Clashes have erupted between protesters and security forces in several cities including Mahabad, Diwandere, Sakej, Buchan in Iranian Kurdistan late Monday evening. Markets in Kurdish-majority cities have also remained closed.

Demonstrations have been taking place in Iran since September 16.  Men are also taking part in these demonstrations that started against the hijab.

Demonstrations have been taking place in Iran since September 16. Men are also taking part in these demonstrations that started against the hijab.

Police firing on protesters in the city of Mahsa
In the town of Sakej in Mahsa Amini, a clash broke out between police and protesters. Protesters gathered outside the Governor’s House after Mahsa’s funeral. Here the security personnel opened fire.

According to Hengav, an organization working for the rights of Kurds, two people have been killed and more than 30 people have been injured in the firing. Among them are 2 boys and three women. A young man named Kian Derksha has been shot in the head.

After cities with Kurdish populations, demonstrations also started in the capital Tehran.  Revolutionary guards have also been deployed along with the police to stop them.

After cities with Kurdish populations, demonstrations also started in the capital Tehran. Revolutionary guards have also been deployed along with the police to stop them.

More than 250 arrested for suppressing demonstration
In cities with a Kurdish population, police arrested more than 250 people on Monday. Security forces are conducting operations against the protesters. Homes are being raided. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is also involved in the operation.

A Kurdish activist, who did not wish to be named, said security forces were targeting people working for the Kurds. Despite this, until Mahsa gets justice, the demonstrations will continue.

Police said – no one died, Chief of Moral Police suspended
Iranian police have dismissed reports of the death of protesters in the shootings. According to state media reports, police have made arrests, but no protesters have been killed. Meanwhile, Iran has suspended the head of the moral police. The police have also dismissed the allegations of torturing Mahsa, saying that he died of illness.

Demonstration around the world, Elon Musk offered his service after internet shutdown

Women all over the world are taking out rallies for Mahasa Amini.  The photo is of Ottawa, Canada.  Apart from here, there have been demonstrations in America and France.

Women all over the world are taking out rallies for Mahasa Amini. The photo is of Ottawa, Canada. Apart from here, there have been demonstrations in America and France.

The internet has been shut down in Kurdish areas due to the protests. On this, Elon Musk has said that his company Starlink’s satellites are working in Iran. Internet can be accessed from them.

After the death of Mahsa Amini, women have also taken out rallies in Washington, Canada, Toronto in America, Paris in France. People of Iranian origin living around the world are taking part in these demonstrations. Women are posting videos on social media after cutting their hair. She is also challenging herself to be arrested.

Criticism of religious law around the world
Shia-majority Iran is an Islamic nation with strict religious laws. Under this there are many restrictions on women. Before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian women were quite free. They were largely equal.

In Iran, women are banned from showing their faces in public and mixing with men.  For a long time, women have been raising their voice against the religious law here.

In Iran, women are banned from showing their faces in public and mixing with men. For a long time, women have been raising their voice against the religious law here.

Like Saudi Arabia, Iran also has a Morality Police. It monitors the behavior of people in public places and punishes people for their behavior against Islam. After the death of Mahsa, not only Iran, but Iran’s religious law is being criticized all over the world.

Kurdish population majority in Kurdistan, minority in Iran
Kurds are a Muslim community. It has its own distinct cultural and historical identity. People of Kurdish origin are more open-minded than ordinary Muslims. Kurdish women have also been taking up arms against government repression.

Kurdistan is part of three provinces of the country – Kurdistan, Kermanshah and West Azerbaijan Province. It shares borders with Turkey and parts of Iraq. The Kurdish Republic of Mahabad was also created in 1946 after the Second World War in Iran. It existed for only one year and the Kurdish population could not form a separate nation for itself.

After the death of Mahasa Amini, many women are posting their photos and videos on social media without hijab.

After the death of Mahasa Amini, many women are posting their photos and videos on social media without hijab.

The population of Kurds in the world is about 2.5 million
Kurds in Iran have been fighting for their separate identity. He fought against the monarchy during the 1979 revolution, but things became more difficult for him after the country became an Islamic state.

The Kurds are a majority in Kurdistan, but a minority in Iran. They are the third largest population after people of Iranian and Azeri origin. Their population in the country is between 80 lakh to one crore.

The Kurds have a population of around 25 million in Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. They have been demanding a separate nation for themselves for a long time. Apart from Iran, there is also an armed conflict of Kurds in Turkey and Iraq.

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