Thousands of Iranians take to the streets to defend the wearing of the veil

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Thousands of Iranians take to the streets to defend the wearing of the veil

Thousands of people marched in the Iranian capital on Friday in a rally in favor of the wearing of the veil.

Thousands of people marched in Iran on Friday in the call authorities to defend the wearing of the veil and denounce the “mercenaries”, after a week of protests sparked by the death of a young woman arrested by the police, which left at least 17 dead.

While NGOs abroad have denounced a brutal crackdown on protests in Iran, internet connections there are still severely disrupted on Friday, with the blocking of WhatsApp and Instagram, while Washington announced measures to support Iranians' access to the free flow of information.

Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for wearing inappropriate clothes by the morality police responsible for enforcing the Islamic Republic's dress code. She died three days later in hospital, and her death sparked nightly protests in major cities across Iran, including the capital Tehran.

State media on Thursday reported the deaths of 17 people in the protests. But the toll is likely to be much heavier, with the Oslo-based opposition NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) reporting on Friday at least 50 dead in the crackdown by security forces protests which this source said have taken place in about 80 cities over the past week.

The government has responded with live ammunition, pellet guns and gas tear gas, according to videos shared on social networks, the CHRI said in a press release.

The Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw reports that the security forces fired during the night from Thursday to Friday with semi-heavy weapons at the demonstrators in Oshnaviyeh (north-west), without giving further information. details.

In several cities, demonstrators clashed with security forces, burned police vehicles and chanted anti-government slogans, according to media and activists.

Police arrested an unknown number of people, Iranian media reported. Among them are activist Majid Tavakoli and journalist Nilufar Hamedi, according to those around them.

Iran has been rocked by street violence that has claimed the lives of at least 17 people since the death last week of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested for wearing the veil “inappropriately”, according to the country's authorities.

The most viral images on social media are those of Iranian women burning their headscarves. In Iran, women must cover their hair and are not allowed to wear short or tight coats or jeans with holes.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi promised Thursday an investigation into the death of the young woman, while specifying that the medical examiner had not reported abuse on the part of the police, which the demonstrators dispute.

Faced with protesters, described as counter-revolutionaries, rioters or plotters, the authorities decided to retaliate by organizing their own demonstrations after Friday prayers.

At the call of& #x27;an organization responsible for organizing official events, thousands of people marched in several cities in Iran, including Tehran, Qom (north) or Isfahan (center).

In Tehran, hundreds of people, including women in chadors, demonstrated with Islamic Republic flags, signs of support and thanks to law enforcement, according to state television.

Death to the plotters, Advocating the end of the veil is American policy, could be heard as slogans.

Praising the efforts and sacrifices of the police, the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, for their part assured that the recent conspiracy of the enemy would be doomed to the enemy; failure.

Authorities reported the death of five law enforcement officers on Thursday.

The United Nations and non-governmental organizations have expressed concern over Tehran's violent response, which left at least 17 people dead.

After the start of the protests on the evening of September 16, the government reduced internet access and since Wednesday has blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp.

On Friday, Washington announced the lifting of some bans on trade with Iran, to allow technology companies to provide platforms and services that allow Iranians to access the Internet.

The announcement comes days after SpaceX owner Elon Musk said he intended to seek an Iran sanctions waiver from the US administration to offer the services there. Internet connection services through its constellation of Starlink satellites.

These measures plan to allow technology companies to offer the Iranian people more platform and service options secure exteriors, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

NetBlocks, a London-based site that monitors internet blockages around the world, said on Friday Internet restrictions in Iran amount to a curfew-like pattern of disruptions.

Access to online platforms remains restricted and connectivity is intermittent for many users, Netblocks said adding that mobile internet was down for a third day (this) Friday.

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