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Iranian Citizens Protest The Killing Of 22-Year-Old Girl For Not Wearing Her Hijab Appropriately

The Cities of Iran have been thrown into a state of pandemonium following the death of a 22-year-old Iranian girl, Mahsa Amini.

According to the reports, the 22-year-old had gone to visit her family in Tehran and was then apprehended by the morality police for not wearing the hijab properly.

 

 

This resulted to her being beaten by the members of the morality police which led to her suffering a stroke while still in custody. She went into a coma for three days and died in the hospital on 16th September from a cardiac arrest due to brain death. The police said she died of pre-existing conditions.
Following her death a good number of Iranian women and men have taken to the streets in protest. The protest which started in Amini’s hometown, Saqqez as a way of speaking up against oppression has spread to 31 provinces in Iran and other countries around the world, in places like the United States, Greece, Germany and Canada, with many protesting against the oppressive nature of the Iranian government and has lingered on for eleven (11) days now.
Women have resulted to cutting their hair, and burning their hijabs in solidarity, with chants against the government like, ‘Death to the dictator’ and ‘Women, life and freedom.’

 

 

According reports from Pulse, these protests have not been peaceful. The authorities are clamping down on protesters stating that their protests not disruptive and violent and they are ‘terrorists’

The Iranian government has imposed internet restrictions on social media, and many access the internet by VPN. They also arrested some activists including Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, the daughter of a former president of Iran.

Although the official death toll stands at 41, including children, the actual figure is believed to be much higher.

The protest has spread to social media and has seen many celebrities including Kim Kardashian post about what’s going on in Iran.

There is also a TikTok challenge with the hashtag #MashaAmini has over 66 million views. It includes women cutting their hair in solidarity.

 

 

On Sept. 26, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared a message of solidarity with Iranian protesters and their supporters.

“We join our voices — the voices of all Canadians — to the millions of people around the world demanding that the Iranian government listen to its people, end their repression of freedom and rights, and let women and all Iranian people live their lives and express themselves peacefully,” he said.

He also announced that Canada will place sanctions on “dozens” of Iranian individuals and entities, including morality police.

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