- Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after she was arrested for allegedly breaking hijab wearing rules.
- At her funeral, videos show women protesting by removing their headscarves and throwing them in the air.
- Police responded by firing tear gas at protesters and making arrests, according to reports.
Protests began on Saturday at the funeral of a 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s Islamic morality police, according to reports.
Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after witnesses accused police officers of forcing her into a van and beating her in Tehran, Insider reported.
She was arrested for allegedly not following strict rules on wearing a hijab. Police said Amini died of a “sudden” heart attack after being detained, a claim her family and human rights groups say should be investigated.
—Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 16, 2022
At her funeral, held in Amini’s hometown of Saqqez, in Iran’s Kurdistan region, mourners protested what Amnesty International called her “suspicious” death.
Those attending the funeral chanted “death to the dictator,” referring to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the National reported. Some protesters marched towards the local governor’s office, according to video verified by the BBC Persian service.
Several women removed their headscarves, or hijabs, in protest against the hijab-wearing rules used to arrest Amini, according to video. A video shared by Masih Alinejad shows many women in Saqqez waving their headscarves in the air while chanting anti-government slogans.
Police responded to the protests by firing tear gas at protesters and arresting several individuals marching towards the local governor’s office, according to BBC News.
There were reports of injuries, the news outlet said.
—Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 17, 2022
Women across the country are filming themselves cutting their hair and tearing off their hijabs, according to another video shared by Alinejad.
Wearing a hijab has been mandatory in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and, in recent weeks, the Iranian government has cracked down on women who are seen not complying, according to RFE/RL.
BBC News also noted that according to Netblocks, a cybersecurity and internet governance watchdog, internet connections in Tehran and Saqqez fell during the protests. Users said they could not upload videos on Instagram or send content via Whatsapp, according to the news outlet.
Iran has previously shut down the internet to prevent political protests. In 2019, the country’s High National Security Council ordered an internet blackout for a week to prevent protests across the country.