Iran: 38 injured in protests following Mahsa's death in custody

Iran: 38 injured in protests following Mahsa's death in custody
Update: 19 September 2022 15:20
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After police violence killed 22-year old Mahsa Amini, protests erupted in her hometown and in the capital of Kurdistan Province

At least 38 people were injured in Iran's Kurdistan Province as the police targeted groups that staged demonstrations in protest against the death of a young Kurdish woman in custody, Iran Wire reported.

Demonstrations continued for a third day on Sunday after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in hospital on Friday, three days after she was arrested by the "morality patrol."

While the Iranian officials alleged that she fell into a coma following her arrest because of a heart attack and brain seizure, her brother Kiaresh said that she was carried out of the police station shortly after screams were heard from inside, and taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

According to Kurdish human rights platform Hengaw, 38 people were injured by the Iranian police who violently tried to break up protests in Mahsa's homeland Saqqez, and in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province. Five of the victims in Saqqez reportedly suffered severe injuries.

The police fired live rounds at protesters, Hengaw said, adding that at least 13 people were arrested during the protests.

Protests also spread to Tehran University on Sunday, where a demonstration was staged reportedly for the first time in a decade. A group marched down the street chanting, “Woman, Life, Freedom,” and carried a placard that read in Kurdish and Persian: "Dear Mahsa, you didn't die! Your name will become a symbol."

When a group of paramilitary Basij members attacked the students, they chanted in response, “Shameless, Shameless."