Iran, 739 arrests among protesters but protests for Mahsa widen

Dissent after the death of the 22-year-old arrested by the moral police also takes to the streets in Iraqi Kurdistan

Over 700 people have been arrested in Gilan province alone in northern Iran since protests began against the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian girl who died after being arrested by the moral police in Tehran on charges of having worn the veil badly. This was reported by the chief of police of the province overlooking the Caspian Sea, General Azizollah Maleki. The general announced specifically “the arrest of 739 rioters, including 60 women”.

But thea protest does not subside, on the contrary, it widens. Even in the city of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, women took to the streets today to denounce “the Iranian regime” and “the repression”. About three hundred protesters chanted in Kurdish ” Down with the dictatorship ” and ” Woman, life and freedom ” gathering in front of the United Nations offices in Erbil. Some of them set fire to the Islamic veil.

” Support the Iranian people ”, ” People are being killed for freedom in Iran ”, read some placards. “ Jhina, an example of life, the spark of revolt ”, was written on another using the Kurdish name of Mahsa. The victim was in fact originally from Iranian Kurdistan, in the northwest of Iran on the border with Iraq.