Tehran, September 22 (EFE).- At least 17 people have died in protests that have rocked Iran for six days over the death of Mahsa Amin after she was arrested for abusive wearing of the veil, Iranian television reported on Thursday. Iranian state.
“Seventeen people have died, including police officers, in the incidents of recent days,” said IRIB television, which clarified that this is its count and that it is not government data.
So far, the authorities have confirmed the death of eight people, including three members of the security forces.
The protests began on Friday after news of Mahsa Amini’s death after being arrested by morale police for improperly wearing the veil and spread across the country.
To cries of “Justice, freedom and no compulsory hijab”, “Women, life, freedom” or “Death to the dictator”, demonstrators demonstrated their indignation in at least 20 cities of the country, during demonstrations where violence it s intensified, with security forces resorting to riot gear.
During last night’s clashes, protesters set fire to at least two police stations and several vehicles.
Videos shared on Twitter by activists and journalists showed protests in many cities across the country last night, but their authenticity has not been verified.
In the northwestern town of Rasht, an elderly woman marched without a veil shouting “Death to the dictator”, one of the videos showed.
Other videos showed women burning veils, images that have become symbols of the protests.
Last night the government almost completely blocked mobile internet and restricted apps such as Whatsapp and Instagram in an apparent attempt to control the protests.
The state of communications improved in the morning, but on Thursday afternoon it began to fail again.
Social media, especially Twitter, plays an important role, with protesters posting hundreds of videos there.
Faced with this situation, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards on Thursday called the protests “sedition” and called for justice to prosecute those who “spread rumors and lies” on social media and in the streets.
A petition joined by the ultra-conservative ‘Kayhan’ newspaper, whose editor is chosen by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who blamed the judiciary for apparently failing to convict anyone over the protests .
“Show no mercy to these criminals,” the newspaper demanded.
Amini was arrested on Tuesday last week by the so-called morale police in Tehran, where she was traveling, and taken to a police station to attend “one hour of re-education” for improperly wearing the veil.
He died three days later at a hospital where he arrived in a coma after suffering a heart attack, which authorities attributed to health issues, which the family dismissed.
His death succeeded in galvanizing thousands of Iranians with pain and empathy, unlike other occasions when protests were reduced to fragmented social groups mobilized by the economy.
Authorities insist the protests are instigated by “the foreign enemy” with the intervention of embassies and intelligence services from other countries.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisí will return to Tehran from New York tomorrow, where he delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, on a day when authorities are planning marches in support of the regime.