Protests raged for a fourth straight day across Iran on Tuesday and authorities said three people had been killed during unrest over the death of a Kurdish young woman in police custody.
The death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini who was arrested by morality police for “unsuitable attire” unleashed a flood of simmering anger over numerous issues including rights, security and an economy reeling from international sanctions.
It is some of Iran’s worst unrest since street clashes last year over water shortages. The Iranian government accuses foreign agents and unspecified terrorists of instigating the violence.
A series of protests have broken out in Iran after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, who died in hospital on 16 September, three days after she was arrested and reportedly beaten by morality police in Tehran.
Demonstrators initially gathered outside Kasra hospital in Tehran, where Amini was being treated. Human rights groups reported that security forces deployed pepper spray against protesters and that several were arrested.
Amini’s body was then transported to her native province of Kurdistan for burial, which took place on the morning of 17 September.
Kurdistan Republic of Mahabad, 1946 Source: Wikimedia Commons
In May 2015, Mahabad, the capital of Iran’s Kurdish region, burned as riots and protests spread following the mysterious death of a young Kurdish woman in the city. Activists claimed that she had fallen to her death from the window of a hotel while escaping an attempted rape by an Iranian security official. The incident garnered international attention and was the focal point for geo-political propaganda battles.
The riots in Mahabad were not only indicative of the latent rage among the Kurdish population, but were also a symbolic reminder of the flame that has long burned within the city of Mahabad.
What separates them is that while the Kurds at the frontline against IS get media attention, the Baloch, besieged by the ISI, hardly do.
By: Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Last autumn, I had a conversation with a vivacious young lady in Toronto.
It was a unique experience for me since I had never before spoken to someone outfitted in the uniform of the Peshmerga, the Kurdish forces.
Canada, Vancouver: November 13, 2013. Remembrance Day is an annual occasion for Baloch nation. The International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Canada (IVBMP) and Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada (BHRC) jointly hold Remembrance Day and pay tribute to the countless Baloch souls. Canadian Baloch students also expressed their support of Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP) long march from Quetta to Karachi.
BHRC representative’s speech on the occasion of the 88th year of Persian occupation of Al Ahwaz commemorated on April 27, 2013 in Toronto.
Today the Persian occupation and colonial rule over Al Ahwaz is 88 years old, and so is the Al-Ahwazi resistance against the theocratic state of Iran for independence. In 1925, when the Persian armies marched into Ahwaz led by Gen. Zahidi under the orders of Reza Khan Pahlavi, they had only one goal in mind – the total destruction of Al-Ahwaz national identity and the plundering of its natural wealth. In the first decade that followed, up to 1936, Ahwaz was divided and forcefully annexed into other provinces, and its oil & gas exploration including marketing were firmly brought under Tehran’s control.