PARIS — New protests erupt in Iran today at universities and in the largely Kurdish northwest, keeping a seven-week anti-regime movement going even in the face of a fierce crackdown.
The protests, triggered in mid-September by the death of Mahsa Amini after she was arrested for allegedly breaching strict dress rules for women, have evolved into the biggest challenge for the clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution.
Unlike demonstrations in November 2019, they have been nationwide, spread across social classes, universities, the streets and even schools, showing no sign of letting up even as the death toll ticks towards 200, according to one rights group.
Another rights group, Norway-based Hengaw, says security forces opened fire today at a protest in Marivan, a town in Kurdistan province, wounding 35 people.
It was not immediately possible to verify the toll.
The latest protest was sparked by the death in Tehran of a Kurdish student from Marivan, Nasrin Ghadri, who according to Hengaw died yesterday after being beaten over the head by police.
Iranian authorities have not yet commented on the cause of her death.
Hengaw says she was buried at dawn without a funeral ceremony on the insistence of the authorities who feared the event could become a protest flashpoint.
Authorities subsequently sent reinforcements to the area, it adds.