Iranians commemorate anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death

One year after the bloody protests, Iranians commemorate Amini, whose death at the hands of Iranian authority nearly sparked a revolution

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LONDON — Iranians all over the world commemorated the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini on Saturday, September 16. Amini died while detained by the police, and activists are reporting renewed repression to prevent any protests similar to those that rocked major cities last year.اضافة اعلان

The young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, passed away at the age of 22 on September 16, 2022, shortly after being detained by the police under the charge that she violated the strict dress code in the country. Amini's family claims she died from a blow to the head, which authorities deny.

Her death quickly led to angry protests, led primarily by women, which continued for weeks and included acts of defiance such as removing hijabs in a direct challenge to Iranian authorities, Asharq Al-Awsat News reported.

Protests aftermath
After several months, the momentum of these protests faded as a result of a crackdown campaign that resulted in the deaths of 551 protesters, including 68 children and 49 women, at the hands of the security forces, according to the "Iranian Human Rights Organization" based in Norway, and the arrest of more than 22,000 people, according to Amnesty International.

Seven men were executed after being convicted in connection with the protests.

The Iranian authorities claim that dozens of security personnel were killed in what they describe as "rioting" instigated by foreign governments and anti-government media, according to Agence France-Presse.

Pre-emptive strikes
Human Rights Watch, based in New York, stated that at least 36 individuals from the families of those killed or executed during the repression campaign have been summoned, arrested, prosecuted, or sentenced to prison in the past month. This is most probably in an effort to suppress the protests before they occur.

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