Nine killed as protests over killing of Zhina Amini spread across Iran

9/22/2022 2:18:46 PM
 Protests in Iran after the death of Zhina Amini in Iran's morality police custody, September 22, 2022.
 photo: KurdSat English
Protests were held in several parts of Tehran last night and spread to other cities.

Protests continue in Rojhelat, and in Paveh, protesters set fire to security forces' vehicles. Recent protests at the death of Zhina Amini first erupted in Kurdish areas of Iran and later spread to more than 50 cities and towns, the largest since the protests over rising fuel prices in 2019.

According to the latest report of Hangaw Human Rights Organization, nine people were killed, with over 450 injured and 500 others arrested in the demonstrations.

Security forces killed three youngsters in Shno city, according to Salim Haqiqi, a Kurdish writer who recently received an honorary doctorate for human rights. Milan Haqiqi, one of the victims killed in Shno, is Haqiqi's son. 

Online communication was severely restricted following a grave escalation of the protests, and the government shut down Whatsapp completely, while Instagram was only accessible through a VPN. Most Iranians access the internet through VPN, and Instagram's partial shutdown is because the Iranian government primarily uses Instagram to communicate its message to its people. 

Iran's government took similar measures to restrict internet communication in the 2019 fuel price protests. Around 1,500 people were killed in the 2019 uprisings.


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