Tensions escalate as security personnel in Iran battle with demonstrators after the death of Amini
As nationwide demonstrations over the demise of a young woman held in captivity by morality police for failing to properly cover her hair with a hijab continued on Wednesday, Iranian riot police in Tehran’s main squares confronted protestors chanting “death to the dictator.”
Social media footage showed Iranians continuing with rallies, frequently demanding for the over four decades of the Islamic clerical establishment’s rule to come to an end, despite a rising death toll and a strong crackdown by security forces using tear gas, clubs, and in some cases, live ammunition.
A senior Iranian official told Reuters that despite this, a collapse of the Islamic Republic seemed unlikely in the near future because its leaders are adamant not to display the kind of weakness they believe sealed the demise of the U.S.-backed Shah in 1979.
Since the murder of 22-year-old Amini on September 13 as a result of her arrest for “unsuitable apparel” by the morality police, who uphold the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, protests have spread to more than 80 locations nationwide.
Amini, a native of the Kurdish city of Saqez in northwest Iran, passed away in a hospital after slipping into a coma, setting off the first significant display of discontent on Iranian streets since authorities put down demonstrations against an increase in fuel prices in 2019.