|Who is Mahsa Amini, the woman who sparked protests about the hijab in Iran?|
edisiindonesia.com- Tehran - Protests are raging nationwide in Iran, despite the government's efforts to curb dissent by shutting down the internet.
Iranian women have boldly removed their hijabs in public in protest.
The late Mahsa Amini is predicted to be the trigger for the protests that have claimed lives.
Citing The Guardian, Friday (9/23/2022), Iran has shut down the internet in parts of Tehran and Kurdistan, and blocked access to platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp, in a bid to curb a protest movement that has grown to rely on social media to document dissent.
The official death toll rose to at least 17 on Thursday 23 September, including five security personnel, but the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran said its sources put the figure much higher. Some call it 26 people.
"On day 7 of #IranProtest, officials acknowledged at least 17 deaths with independent sources saying 36," CHRI said in a Twitter post.
Meanwhile, more than 200 people were reportedly injured. This number is estimated to have also been arrested by the authorities.
The cause of the Iranian protests was the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman named Mahsa Amini, on Friday, September 16.
Who is Mahsa Amin?
The Harpers Bazaar report said 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was from Saqqez City in Kurdistan Province, in western Iran. On September 13 he was in Tehran, having traveled there to visit family.
He was at the entrance of the Haqqani Highway with his brother Kiaresh Amini, when he was arrested by the so-called Guidance Patrol.
She was then transferred to the Moral Security agent or the moral police, allegedly for wearing an inappropriate hijab, not in accordance with the provisions.
CCTV video of the moment, released later by Tehran police, shows him collapsing, falling to the ground at the time of his arrest.
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