For the second night in a row, Iranians demonstrated against the deaths of youths during the well-publicized crackdown on protests started by Mahsa Amini’s passing.
Protests that started after Amini, 22, died in detention after being detained for allegedly violating Iran’s stringent clothing codes for women based on Islamic sharia law have gripped the clerical state for six weeks.
Security forces have had difficulty controlling the protests spearheaded by women that have grown into a larger movement to overthrow the Islamic republic established in 1979.
In a late-Thursday footage posted online and confirmed by AFP, hundreds of protestors shouted “This is the year of blood, Seyed Ali will be toppled!” in the Chitgar neighborhood of west Tehran.
The fresh rallies came as people gathered to mourn young demonstrators killed in the crackdown.
ecurity forces on Thursday shot dead at least three protesters in Mahabad and another two in Baneh, both near Iran’s western border with Iraq, said Hengaw, a Norway-based human rights group.
Amnesty International said “unlawful killings” by Iran’s security forces had claimed the lives of at least eight people in four provinces within 24 hours, in a statement late Thursday.
The deadly gunfire came after mourners paying tribute to Ismail Mauludi, a 35-year-old protester killed on Wednesday night, left his funeral and made their way towards the governor’s office, it said.
Governor’s office burns
“Death to the dictator,” protesters yelled, using a slogan aimed at Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as the Mahabad governor’s office burned, in an online video verified by AFP.
Other verified footage showed clashes near the grave of 16-year-old Nika Shahkarami, outside the western city of Khorramabad, where dozens of people were marking the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period since she was killed by security forces.
“I’ll kill, I’ll kill, whoever killed my sister,” they could be heard chanting, in a video posted on Twitter by the US-based Human Rights Activist News Agency.