Two weeks have passed since the protests broken out across Iran about death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, the woman arrested in Tehran by the country’s vice squad for wearing her hijab incorrectly, who later died in police custody.
Since the protests began, women have cut their hair at demonstrations worldwide. At least 28 journalists were arrested according to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, including Niloufar Hamedi, who was one of the first journalists to report on Amini’s death. Hamedi, who works for the reformist daily Shargh in Tehran, was reportedly arrested in a raid on 22 September and is currently in solitary confinement.
At least 52 protesters have been killed in the protests in Iran and hundreds injured, according to the latest report by Amnesty International. (The Norway-based Iranian human rights organization has called at least 83 protesters dead.) Amnesty’s report also revealed that according to leaked documents, Iran’s highest military body ordered commanders to “seriously confront troublemakers and anti-revolutionaries” as well as “mercilessly confront” all protesters and go as far as possible to cause deaths .”
“The Iranian authorities knowingly chose to injure or kill people who took to the streets to express their anger at decades of oppression and injustice,” Amnesty International Secretary-General Agnes Callamard said in a statement. “Amid an epidemic of systematic impunity that has long reigned in Iran, dozens of men, women and children have been unlawfully killed in the latest round of bloodshed.”
On social media, people share pictures of the protesters killed by security forces; 23 years old Hananeh Kiantwenty years old Hadis Najafi17 years old Nika Shahkarami18 years Mahsa Mogoiamong dozens of others.
Iran’s internet has been down for days; tThe country continues to blame the West for all protests; and Iran’s Foreign Minister said NPR, “There will be no regime change in Iran. Don’t play with the emotions of the Iranian people.”
But on Wednesday the Financial Times reported that the Iranian vice squad has all but disappeared from the streets. “What we can see from the current protests and strikes is a very real possibility of regime change.” Nasrin Sotudehthe country’s top women’s rights advocate, who is currently on medical leave following her 38-year sentence, said in an interview with Time. “I don’t see a return to the past in any way, regardless of the mode of action. Even if people’s demands are not met, reality will have shifted significantly. They will no longer tolerate the veil.”
Here are some of the most striking images that emerged from the global demonstration:
https://jezebel.com/the-most-powerful-images-from-the-iran-protests-1849602812 The strongest images of the Iran protests