Paris: Despite internet outages, angry protesters returned to the streets once more across Iran as the uprising prompted by Mahsa Amini's death in detention entered its fifth week.
The 22-year-old passed away on September 16, three days after going into a coma as a result of being detained by Iran's infamous morality police for allegedly breaking the Islamic republic's strict clothing code for women. The largest wave of public protests to hit the nation in years has been led by young women.
“Guns, tanks, fireworks; the mullahs must get lost,” women without hijabs chanted at a gathering at Tehran’s Shariati Technical and Vocational College, in a video widely shared online.
Dozens of jeering and whistling protestors attacked security personnel near a prominent roundabout in Hamedan, a city west of Tehran.
Despite what online monitor NetBlocks called a “major disruption to internet traffic”, protesters were also seen pouring onto the streets of the north-western city of Ardabil, in videos shared on Twitter. Shopkeepers went on strike in Amini’s hometown Saqez, in Kurdistan province and Mahabad in West Azerbaijan, said the 1500tasvir social media channel that monitors protests and police violations.
They were responding to an appeal for a huge turnout for protests under the catchcry “The beginning of the end!”