Iran said to open fire on protesters in Mahsa Amini hometown

US demonstrators carry a large photo of Mahsa Amini during a protest against the Iranian regime, in Los Angeles, on October 22, 2022, following the death of Amini in the custody of the Islamic Republic's notorious "morality police." (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
US demonstrators carry a large photo of Mahsa Amini during a protest against the Iranian regime, in Los Angeles, on October 22, 2022, following the death of Amini in the custody of the Islamic Republic's notorious "morality police." (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Iranian security forces open fire on protesters who massed in their thousands in Mahsa Amini’s hometown to mark 40 days since her death, a human rights group says.

“Security forces have shot tear gas and opened fire on people in Zindan square, Saqez city,” Hengaw, a Norway-based group that monitors rights violations in Iran’s Kurdish regions, tweets without specifying whether there were any dead or wounded.

Despite heightened security measures, columns of mourners had poured into Saqez in the western Kurdistan province to pay tribute to Amini at her grave at the end of the traditional mourning period.

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16, three days after her arrest in Tehran by the notorious morality police for allegedly breaching the Islamic dress code for women.

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