Women in Iran defy Islamist regime by removing headscarves and waving them in the air amid police death protests, video shows

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A screenshot of a video shows a woman waving their headscarves in the air in Saqqez in the Kurdistan region of Iran.@AlinejadMasih/ Twitter

  • Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after her arrest for violating the rules for wearing a hijab.

  • At her funeral, videos can be seen of women protesting by taking off their headscarves and waving them in the air.

  • Police responded by firing tear gas at protesters and making arrests, according to reports.

Protests have erupted on Saturday at the funeral of a 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s Islamist vice squad.

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

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She was arrested for allegedly breaking the strict rules regarding wearing hijabs. Police said Amini died of a “sudden” heart attack after being detained, a claim that her family disputes and human rights groups say warrant investigation.

At her funeral, which took place in Amini’s hometown of Saqqez, in the Kurdistan region of Iran, mourners protested what Amnesty International called 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 to the local governor’s office, according to videos verified by the UKTN Persian service.

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According to videos, a number of women took off their headscarves, or hijabs, in protest of the hijab-wearing rules used to arrest Amini. A video shared by Masih Alinejad shows several women in Saqqez waving their headscarves in the air as they chant anti-government slogans.

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

There were reports of injuries, the news station said.

Women across the country are filming themselves cutting their hair and smashing their hijabs another video shared by Alinejad.

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Hijab has been mandatory in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and in recent weeks the Iranian government has cracked down on women who break the rules, according to RFE/RL.

UKTN News also noted that according to Netblocks, a cybersecurity and internet governance watchdog, internet connections in Tehran and Saqqez went down during the protests. Users said they could not upload videos on Instagram or send content via WhatsApp, according to the news outlet.

Iran has previously shut down the internet to quell political protests. In 2019, the country’s Supreme National Security Council ordered a week-long internet blockade to quell nationwide protests.

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