Women take off hijab in Iran, mark protest over death of Mahsa Amini

UN experts demand accountability for Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran

A series of protests erupted in western Iran on Saturday over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, following her detention by Iran’s morality police where the women protestors took their hijabs off to protest the mandatory veiling, media reports said.
In multiple videos that are going viral on social media showed protesters were seen shouting anti-government slogans after gathering in Saqqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini as they mourned the 22-year-old who died in a hospital. A huge crowd of people have gathered at the cemetery, chanting “Death to Dictator” slogan, according to videos received by Iran International. In Saqqez city the women protestors took their hijabs off to protest the mandatory veiling, media repots said.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist on her social media account shared the alleged visuals of the protests and wrote, “Women of Iran-Saghez removed their headscarves in protest against the murder of Mahsa Amini 22 Yr old woman by hijab police and chanting: death to dictator! Removing hijab is a punishable crime in Iran. We call on women and men around the world to show solidarity.”
“This is the real Iran, Security forces in Iran’s Saqqez opened fire at peaceful protesters following the burial of #Mahsa_Amini. Several protesters have been injured. First Hijab police killed a 22 Yr old girl and now using guns and tear gas against grieving people,” she added in another tweet.
In dismay over the turn of events, the journalist slammed Iran’s ‘Morality Police’ and compared their behaviour with the story of the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” written by Margaret Atwood. She said that the perpetuated events are not fiction for the Iranian women but are a reality. She registered a strong protest against Iran’s ‘Morality Police’ and continued, “Iranian women! Take off your forced hijab, burn the most visible symbol of oppression. Let’s not forget that Masah Amini was killed by hijab police and now we are all Mahsa. We all protest against compulsory hijab and the Islamic Republic. We want freedom.”
As per her statements on social media the protests have been spreaded to Iran’s Sananda city as well where they joined the people of Tehran and Saghez to protest against the “killing of Mahsa Amini by hijab police.”
People are frustrated and they want to be heard, she remorse over the death of the 22-year-old. “Islamic Republic beats, jails, tortures and KILLS us when we demand our basic rights in Iran,” she wrote.
The journalist stressed that the people of Iran do not need “thoughts and prayers” and demands action. She called on the UN and women everywhere to show solidarity and sisterhood with Iranians.
According to the journalist, the 22-year-old Masah Amini was forced to wear the hijab and was beaten up by morality police because of wearing “bad hijab”.
“Iranian women are outraged. Forced hijab is the main pillar of religious dictatorship.”
A controversy was also erupted on social media as Amini died after slipping into a coma following her detention by Iran’s morality police, a dedicated unit that enforces strict dress codes for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf, media reports said.