What’s Happening in Iran?

Update: 27.09.2022

What’s going on in Iran? How did the Iran events begin, why are they being protested? Why did women take to the streets?

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Emini, who was detained in Iran for not obeying the headscarf rules and died 3 days later, led to protests and events in many cities. Iranian opposition media announced that 5 people were killed and 10 injured during the protests.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Emini, who was detained in Iran for not obeying the headscarf rules and died 3 days later, caused great reactions. In the ongoing events in many cities, the police reacted harshly to the demonstrators.

What’s Happening in Iran? What happened?

The death of Emini, who was hospitalized in a coma on September 13 after being detained by the Irshad patrols known as the “morality police” in the capital Tehran, on September 16, caused an uproar in the country. Human rights organizations claim that Emini was beaten by the police. In the statement made by the Tehran police, it was stated that the Irshad patrol took Emini to the police station for a one-hour “briefing”, and the young woman was transferred to the hospital after she suddenly lost consciousness and had a heart disease.


Activists on social media reject the police’s plea that the young woman “suddenly” lost consciousness, claiming that Emini was beaten before she was brought to the police station.


While the reactions on social media grew, protest demonstrations were held in the country. It was reported that during the demonstration held in front of the hospital in Tehran, where Emini died, the police responded with tear gas to the demonstrators and detained some people.


At the funeral of the Kurdish Emini in the town of Saqqez, hundreds of people protested the event by chanting slogans against the government and its religious leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.

Protest Spreads to Many Cities

According to the news of Iran’s official agency IRNA, the protests that started after Emini’s death following his detention continue. Protests at various levels were held in Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah, Elburz, Tehran, Gilan, Razavi Khorasan, Yazd, Hurremabad, Senendec, Urmiye, Mashhad, Kirman, Mahabad, Divandere and Bukan.

Police Responded Strongly to Demonstrators

Many Iranians participated in the demonstrations concentrated in the crowded areas of the capital Tehran such as Veliasr Street, Veliasr Square, Daniscu Park, Tulip Park, Keshawerz Boulevard, Hijab Street, Fatimi Street and Inkilap Street.


While the police intervened with tear gas to the demonstrations attended by hundreds of people, the demonstrators tried to set up barricades on the roads by burning garbage containers. In the images published on social media, some demonstrators claimed that the security forces used plastic or similar bullets during the intervention.


The demonstrators, who chanted slogans such as “Death to the dictator” and “I will kill whoever killed my brother” against the Tehran administration, said they would not leave the streets.

Warning: Although some images were shot in Iran, they are representative.


While the protests that started after Mahsa Emini was killed by the morality police in Iran, dragged the country into chaos, another young girl was brutally murdered. Hadith Najafi, a Southern Azerbaijani, who became the symbol of the protests with his video clipping his hair, was killed by 6 bullets of the police. With this death, protests in the country are expected to flare up even more.

Protests continue for 22-year-old Mahsa Amani, who was detained by the morality police in Iran for “not obeying the headscarf rules” and later died. The violence of Iranian police against protesters is also increasing day by day.

Regime Forces Increased Violence

While the protests of the demonstrators spread across the country were tried to be violently suppressed by the regime forces, 20-year-old Hadis Nacefi was shot.

Hair Allowed Protests With Collected Video

South Azerbaijani Hadith Najafi, who became the symbol of the protests with the video in which he cut his hair, was shot dead by the regime police. Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad announced the death of Najafi on his social media account.

41 People Lose Their Lives in Protests

According to the news on Iranian state television, it was announced that 41 people, including police officers and Besic militia members of the Revolutionary Guards, lost their lives in protests across the country. In the continuation of the news, it was emphasized that an official statement will be made by the Iranian authorities regarding the death toll across the country.

Iranian and Turkish Women in Front of the Consulate for Mahsa Amini

Protests continue in Turkey, along with the rest of the world, for Mahsa Amini, who lost her life in the police station where she was taken on the grounds that she did not comply with the headscarf rules in Iran. The women gathered in front of the Iranian Consulate General in Istanbul and chanted ‘Down with the dictatorship’ and ‘We are not afraid’.

In Iran, the reactions continue to increase for the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who fell into a coma and later died after being detained by the morality police on September 13 for not obeying the hijab rules.

Massive protests in the country, in which five people lost their lives due to the harsh intervention of the police, continue, Iranian women share videos of cutting their hair in protest, on social media, and burn the headscarves they took off during the demonstrations.

Behind Mahsa Amini in a country street: Five people died in protests

Protest actions are carried out in Turkey as well as all over the world. An event was held in front of the Ataturk statue in Antalya the previous day; yesterday, Iranian women who wanted to organize a protest in Istanbul Taksim Square were blocked by the police; Two women were also detained.

Police blocked Mahsa Amini protest in Taksim: Their photos were collected, women were detained

Today, women gathered in Ankara and in front of the Iranian Consulate in Istanbul. Women participating in the protest at the Consulate often chanted slogans such as “Hundreds and thousands of damn the Islamic regime”, “Mahsa Amini is our rebellion”, “Down with the dictatorship”.

Gathering on Ankara Street, women cut their hair by supporting Iranian women for Mahsa Amini.

Speaking on behalf of Iranian women here, Pita Sepernian said, “We are making a sound from Turkey. Iranian women oppose male domination. Iranian women will win. We will build a world without borders, where we can live our freedom. We are not silent, we are not afraid, we are not obeying. We will own our labor, our body, our identity,” she said.

Everyone Who Supports Mahsa Amini Protests Will Be Judged!

The protests that started after the death of Mahsa Amini, who was detained in Iran for not wearing a headscarf, are on the 11th day. Hundreds of people were detained in the incidents where 41 protesters were killed. Iranian Judiciary Head Gulam Hussein Muhsini Ejei stated that those who support the protests will be prosecuted.

Speaking at the meeting of the Supreme Judicial Council, Ejei warned those who support the protests in the country, according to Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

Ejei said that not only those who took to the streets but also those who support them are guilty, and that the legal process will be carried out against these people.

Ejei, reacting to the support of some famous names in the country for the ongoing protests, stated that these people will pay for the material and moral damage inflicted on the country.


The protests that started after Amini’s funeral in his hometown of Sakkiz on September 17, spread to many cities of the country in a short time.

Some famous Iranian athletes and artists also supported the protesters with the messages they published, and reacted to the way the law enforcement intervened.

Speaking at the meeting, Tehran Prosecutor Ali El-Kasi Mehr noted that special branches were formed within the prosecutor’s office for the immediate trial of the demonstrators, whom he described as “rebels”.

Some images reflected on the cameras from the protests;

Canada Sanction Will be Imposed for Mahsa Amini Protests!

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will impose sanctions on individuals and institutions responsible for Mahsa Amini‘s death.

While the protests that broke out after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran continued, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would impose sanctions on individuals and institutions responsible for Amini’s death.

“We have seen Iran repeatedly disregard human rights, now we see it with the death of Mahsa Amini and the crackdown on protests. I am announcing that we will implement it.” Trudeau said in the statement.

Gül Demirci

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