Students of the University of Science and Technology of Iran They demonstrated again today for the death of Mahsa Amini. She is about a young woman who died while in the custody of the Moral Police, after being arrested for wearing her veil incorrectly. The youths were repressed by the Iranian security forces, the same attitude that was seen in the last days of protest that started in Iranian Kurdistan and spread to the capital, Tehran.
According to data published last night by the Hengaw organization – which covers human rights violations in the Kurdistan area (northwest of Iran)—at least 250 citizens had been arrested yesterday by the security forces of the Persian country in different locations protesting against the Police.
Hours before, the Moral Police of Iran had assured that Amini’s death had been an “unfortunate incident” and insisted that he had died of a heart attack. However, the family does not believe, since they had found “marks of beatings and torture” on her daughter’s body. Citizens also doubt it and that is why they took to the streets, where they were brutally repressed. According to Hengaw, there would already be five dead by police shots in the framework of the protests.
In addition to the streets, the rejection of the security forces and the government headed by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was massively felt on social networks, a space that women took advantage of to post videos of themselves burning their veils or cutting their hair, in solidarity with Amini.
The 22-year-old girl was arrested on Tuesday of last week in Tehran, where she had traveled from Kurdistan (she was originally from there) to visit her family. The Moral Police assessed that she was wearing her veil incorrectly because it allowed part of her hair to be seen and took her to a police station in the Iranian capital to, supposedly, receive a “re-education class”. However, she never left the place on foot. An ambulance took her to the hospital where she arrived with no vital signs, she was in a coma for three days and on Friday she died.
The veil in Iran
women in Iran they must wear a veil (hijab) in public spaces since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 (although more rigidly since 1983) and became the most visible sign of the theocracy that governs the asian country since then. For religious authorities, it is also an inalienable symbol.
More than four decades have passed since the revolution, but the omnipresence of the veil is total in the streets. It is very rare to see a woman with her head completely uncovered, although in the big cities some of the younger and more liberal women wear it looser, so parts of her hair can be seen. This, however, is punishable by law, so they must face fines and prison sentences if they are approached by the feared Moral Police.