Wed 26 October 2022:
Hundreds of protesters marched Wednesday to the gravesite of Mahsa Amini in northwestern Iran to mark 40 days since her death while in custody of the nation’s morality police.
Amateur video posted to social media sites showed crowds of protesters, some in vehicles but mostly on foot, filling the road leading to Aichi cemetery in the Kurdistan province city Saqez, which was Amini’s hometown. Witnesses reported shots being fired in the area by Iranian security forces.
The demonstrators, who could be heard yelling, “Death to the dictator” among other chants, marched in defiance of heightened security measures put in place in anticipation of further protests Wednesday.
Protesters also gathered in Tehran, where they chanted “Down with the dictator” and “Don’t be afraid, we are all together.”
Amini, a Kurdish woman, was detained by the morality police in the capital, Tehran, September 13 allegedly wearing her head scarf – or hijab – “improperly.” The 22-year-old died while custody three days later, with police reporting she had a heart attack. Her family says she had no history of heart trouble.
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