Iran, Mahsa protests: schoolgirls take off hijabs at school

BBC: “An unprecedented move”

” An unprecedented move ”. This is how the BBC describes the protests of some Iranian students who, from Karaj in the west of Tehran to Shiraz in the south of Iran, passing through the capital and the north-western cities of Saqez and Sanandaj, took off their Islamic veil, the hijab, joining the protests that are inflaming the country after the death of Mahsa Amini, who died at 22 after being arrested by the moral police in Tehran on suspicion of wearing the veil badly. Some have done so within their school, others by demonstrating in front of the institute.

In a BBC-verified footage, several students in school uniform and backpackers in Karaj are seen waving their hijabs in the air and chanting slogans against religious authorities. The teenagers then forced a local official to leave their school, which is located west of Tehran, shouting “shame on you!”, Explains the BBC.

In the city of Shiraz, in southern Iran, dozens of female students then blocked traffic on a main road as they waved their veils in the air and shouted “death to the dictator”. It is a reference to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters and who yesterday intervened to accuse the United States and Israel of organizing the protests. Some students have had their head uncovered photographed in the corridors of the school while they are gesturing towards Khamenei’s photo.