More than 1,200 people have been arrested in Iran recently in protests following the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman died earlier this month after being arrested for violating the strict dress code.
Iran has been unsettled since the announcement of Amini’s death on September 16, resulting in at least 41 deaths. Three days earlier, she was arrested by religious politicians in the capital Tehran because her hijab was “inappropriate”. Although Iranian authorities say the Kurdish woman died of heart problems, protesters say she was mistreated.
Demonstrations are being held across the country, especially at night. Some women cut their hair and burn their headscarves. In addition to protesters, journalists and lawyers were also arrested. Protests also took place on Sunday night, including in Tehran. Protesters in the capital called for the fall of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
According to Iran, the unrest is fueled by the United States. “Washington always tries to weaken Iran’s stability and security, although it has failed to do so,” said a State Department spokesman. In addition, Iranian state media accuse Iranian Kurdish dissidents of involvement in the unrest.
The religious police have been stricter in recent months. According to the UN Human Rights Office, there are more street patrols, with women in “loose hijab” subjected to verbal and physical intimidation and detention.