Iranians took to the streets for a ninth straight night on Sunday to protest the death earlier this month of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Tehran’s vice police.
Other demonstrations, organized in solidarity with Iranian women, have taken place around the world, in cities such as Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Madrid, New York and Paris, among others.
The protests first erupted on September 17, at the funeral of Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died a day earlier while in police custody enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict restrictions on the women’s attire. She was arrested on September 13 for allegedly breaking Iran’s strict hijab rules.
Amini’s family say she was beaten in the police van after her arrest and received several blows to the head. Police deny the allegations, saying Amini died after being taken to hospital because she suffered a heart attack.
Iranian state television says 41 people have been killed in protests.
Late Sunday, Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) circulated images showing protesters in the streets of Tehran, shouting “death to the dictator”, allegedly after dark on Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse. .
IHR said ongoing internet blackouts in Iran made it difficult to verify deaths and protests, AFP reported.
Witnesses told AFP that protests continued in several places. Video footage showed protests in Tabriz and Shiraz, among other places, with women removing their headscarves and protesters shouting at the authorities.
IHR also reported on Sunday, according to AFP, that an umbrella of Iran’s main teachers‘ unions was calling on teachers and students to stage the first nationwide strike since the unrest began, boycotting classes on Monday and Wednesday in support of the protests. .
Pro-government rallies also took place in several cities across Iran on Sunday, with the main event taking place in Enghelab (Revolution) Square in central Tehran, where protesters voiced support for mandatory hijab laws. , reported AFP.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday that a member of Basij, a volunteer force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was killed by protesters on Saturday night in Tehran. While state news agency IRNA said another Basij member, who had been in a coma since Thursday after street clashes, died on Sunday in Urmia, West Azerbaijan province.
A Molotov cocktail has been thrown at the Iranian Embassy in Athens, Greek police said on Sunday.
Police said there was no damage, Athens News Agency reported.
A day earlier, around 200 people gathered in Syntagma Square in downtown Athens to denounce Iran’s crackdown on protests, AFP reported.
On Sunday in London, violent street protests erupted outside the Iranian Embassy.
The demonstrators, who were trying to break through the barriers protecting the Iranian embassy in the United Kingdom, threw stones at the police, authorities said, according to the Associated Press. Five protesters were arrested, police said.
Paris police used tear gas and riot control tactics on Sunday to prevent hundreds of people from marching on the Tehran embassy, AFP journalists and witnesses said.
Around 4,000 demonstrators had gathered for a second day in Paris to protest Amini’s death. The demonstration began peacefully on Place du Trocadéro in the center of the capital, Paris. Some demonstrators chanted “Death to the Islamic Republic” and slogans against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A woman in the crowd also held up a sign that read in French “Je suis Mahsa Amini”.
However, as protesters approached the Iranian Embassy, police in full riot armor, backed by a line of pickup trucks, blocked their path. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters.
Some information for this article comes from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.