A woman holds up photos of Amini and other victims at a protest commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini held in Berlin, Germany on the 16th (local time). Among her photos are photos of young people who were blinded by rubber bullets fired by Iranian police. After Amini was arrested and died mysteriously in September last year for not wearing the hijab properly, anti-government protests spread throughout Iran. /EPAYonhap News
Memorial demonstrations continued around the world to mark the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman (22 years old at the time of her death) who was taken to the police and died mysteriously for not wearing a hijab properly. According to foreign media such as Reuters and CNN, protests commemorating the first anniversary of Amini took place over the weekend of the 17th (local time) in various places, including the Iranian capital Tehran. Protests were also held in New York, USA, Paris, France, Berlin, Germany, and Istanbul to mourn Amini’s death and condemn the Iranian government. Hundreds of citizens gathered in front of the U.S. White House to pay tribute to Amini.
In Korea, the ‘Korean Citizens’ Association Supporting the Iranian Protests’ also issued a statement in front of the Iranian Embassy in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 13th, calling for “an end to all human rights violations that include extreme oppression of women and suppression of civil liberties.”
Iranian authorities used the memorial event ahead of the first anniversary of Amini’s death to detain and then release Amini’s father to prevent large-scale anti-government unrest like last year. Amini’s father Amjad Amini was reportedly released after being warned by security officials not to hold the first anniversary ceremony at his daughter’s grave. In the end, a memorial service attended by the family could not be held. Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA reported that it was not true that Amjad had been detained and that security authorities had prevented an attempt to assassinate him.
On September 13 last year, Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, died four days after being arrested and interrogated by a guidance patrol in downtown Tehran for not wearing her hijab properly. The reason was that her hair was visible under her hijab. Iran’s Guidance Patrol is an organization that cracks down on actions that violate Islamic law. Her family claimed that Amini died due to police torture, but the police denied any violence during the investigation.
Amini’s death caused great unrest throughout Iran. Protests intensified after his funeral was held in Amini’s hometown, Saqqez, in Iran’s western Kurdistan Province. Thousands of people across Iran have joined protests against the Iranian regime, the largest anti-government demonstrations since the establishment of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Government in 1979. According to human rights groups, 551 people were killed and more than 22,000 arrested during this period. Amini’s death sparked anti-government protests in Iran, with numerous Muslim women around the world taking off their hijabs and burning them.
Protesters hold up photos of Amini and other victims during a rally commemorating the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death in Brussels, Belgium, on September 15, 2023 (local time). Memorial protests continued not only in Tehran, the capital of Iran, but also in Trafalgar Square in London, England, Paris City Hall in France, Turkye Istanbul, and Melbourne in Australia./Reuters Yonhap News
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