According to another human rights organization, Hengaw, hundreds of people were injured and dozens more arrested. The semi-state agency Tasmín reported that four members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were also killed during the protests, one of them was shot and another was stabbed.
The BBC’s Persian newsroom reports that the area around Tehran has turned into a battlefield.
The protests are getting stronger
The protests began immediately after the funeral of Aminíová, who died in custody last Friday. She was detained because her head was not properly covered. The protests, in which women burned scarves covering their hair, first spread to universities across the country.
“Now we’re seeing a lot of men getting involved and it’s moving from protests against the compulsory wearing of the hijab to protests against the entire Islamic Republic,” said Rana Rahimpur of the BBC’s Persian newsroom.
“It is the most serious challenge facing Iran’s Islamic leadership that we have seen in recent years,” she added.
At the demonstrations, it can be seen that the portraits of the Ayatollahs are also being torn down.
Iran’s president has vowed to investigate the death of a woman that sparked mass protests
Internet use is also now heavily restricted in Iran, similar to anti-government protests in November 2019 that were sparked by a sharp increase in fuel prices. Mobile networks are also switched off.
The Washington Post pointed out that Aminí’s death initially sparked protests only because of women’s rights and against the mandatory wearing of the hijab. Some female protesters took it off in public and even burned it, both of which are illegal in Iran.
Later, however, Aminí’s death became a symbol of the political and economic frustration of Iranians, who are now turning against the Ayatollahs’ regime and its brutal security apparatus. There are even calls for the death of dictators.
The father could not see his daughter’s body
The dead girl’s father, Amjad Amini, told the BBC that he was not allowed to see his daughter’s entire body before she was buried. He could only see her face and legs, the rest of her body was wrapped.
“She had bruises on her leg,” he said, adding that he asked doctors to look at the bruises, but they refused.
“I wanted to see my daughter, but they wouldn’t let me see her,” said the father. “The doctor doing the autopsy told me, ‘I’ll write whatever I want, it has nothing to do with you,'” he added.
Protests continue in Iran, 31 dead civilians have already been reported
Aminí also rejected claims by the Ministry of the Interior and the director of the Tehran Department of Forensic Medicine that his daughter had health problems.
“They’re lying. During her life, she has not been to the doctor for any other reason than because of problems associated with a cold,” Aminíová’s father pointed out.
The dead man’s brother was also beaten
At the same time, he added that his son Kiaraš was also present when his daughter was detained, who stated that she was beaten by the police during the detention. “He was with her. He begged them not to take her away, but he was also beaten and his clothes torn.”
“I asked them to show me the footage from the security cameras, but they told me that their batteries were dead,” Aminí added.