The death of an Iranian woman makes Kurds angry.
After a woman died in police custody, there have been a lot of protests in Iran. The protests have been especially strong in the country’s Kurdish minority.
Since the death of a young woman in police custody sparked protests in Iran, the country has been in a lot of trouble. The protests have been striking because they have brought together people of different races and social classes, but there is one group that has risen up with a lot of anger.
The woman who died after being taken by Iran’s infamous morality police was a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority. This group has been treated unfairly for a long time, and the anger of the Kurds in recent days is a reflection of their long-standing problems.
Hana Yazdanpana, a spokeswoman for the Iranian paramilitary group Kurdistan Freedom Party based in Iraq, said, “This isn’t just about the head scarf.” “Kurds want to be free.”
Kurds, who make up about 10% of Iran’s population, live mostly in the northwest, where the protests have been the most intense. On Sunday, it looked like Iranian troops had taken back Oshnavieh, a Kurdish city in the area that protesters had briefly taken over.
Mahsa Amini, who was 22 years old, died on September 16, three days after she was arrested in Tehran by the morality police for breaking the country’s strict rules about how women should dress. Her death sparked the protests.
Iranians were angry about a lot of things, including how the country’s conservative clerical rulers treat women, the pandemic, corruption, and repression. Ms. Amini’s story sparked protests from people who were angry about all of these things.
Nine days ago, when Ms. Amini was buried in her hometown of Saqhez in the northwest, the protests began. They quickly spread to the rest of the country, thanks in large part to social media.
Rights groups say that since then, at least 50 people have been killed and hundreds more have been hurt or arrested. They think it’s likely that more people have died. According to the Hengaw Human Rights Association and Kurdistan Human Rights, 17 people were shot to death in Kurdish areas. Four of them were children.
The Iranian government said that Ms. Amini had a heart attack and died. But her father, Amjad Amini, told BBC Persian service last week that he thought she had been beaten while in custody and that he was not allowed to see the autopsy report. Since then, no one has heard from him.
Since the Green Movement in 2009, this is the most important way that people in the country have shown how angry they are about theocratic rule. In dozens of cities, protesters have been heard chanting “Women, life, and freedom” and “Death to the dictator,” making fun of the sick supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is one of the most important and divisive symbols of the government.