the students defy the repression by removing the veil to protest against the death of Mahsa Amini

The girls in particular sang “Death to the Dictator” on Monday, in reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, at a school west of Tehran.

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Iranian students have dared to take off their veils and in recent days have organized rallies to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, challenging the deadly crackdown on protests that have been going on for nearly three weeks in Iran. Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri admitted Wednesday 5 September that young people were involved in the protests, denouncing the influence of social networks. “The fact that 16-year-olds are present at these events is caused by social networks, they are trapped”he said, quoted by the ISNA agency.

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In a video verified by AFP, the girls, with their heads uncovered, sing “Death to the dictator”, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, on Monday at a school in Karaj, west of Tehran. Another group of girls sings “Woman, life, freedom” march down a street. Other videos posted online show female students leaving classrooms to march through various places in the city in lightning protests to avoid detection. The AFP was unable to independently verify these images.

“They are truly extraordinary scenes. If these demonstrations lead to anything, it will be thanks to the students”, said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, of the information and analysis site Bourse & Bazaar. At least 92 people have been killed since September 16, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights, based in Oslo (Norway), while the authorities have presented a toll of about 60 dead, including 12 members of the security forces.

Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman The 22-year-old Iranian woman died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the police of mœurs for violation of the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic which obliges women in particular to wear the veil. Anger erupted during his burial and spread across the country. Protests have become the largest in Iran since those of 2019 against rising gasoline prices.

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