In defiance of the deadly crackdown on the country’s nearly three-week-old demonstrations, Iranian schoolgirls launched protests in several parts of the country.
Heads uncovered, girls at Karaj school, west of Tehran, chanted “Death to the dictator”, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Another group of girls chanted “Woman, life, freedom” as they marched down a street. EsfandyarBatmanghelidj,from the news and analysis website Bourse&Bazaar, said that “these are truly extraordinary scenes. If these demonstrations are to achieve anything, it will be thanks to the schoolgirls.”
According to the NGO Iran Human Rights, at least 92 people have been killed since 16 September. However, the authorities put the death toll at around 60, including 12 members of the security forces.
The demonstrations in Iran, which broke out the day after the death of the young MahsaAmini,who died three days after her arrest by the morality police for violating the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic, continue to recordsuccess.