Hadis Najafi: Iranian police and protesters clashed



On the 40th day of mourning for a young woman killed while protesting near Tehran, clashes have broken out between Iranian security forces and a crowd.

Authorities closed a cemetery so that thousands of people wouldn’t be able to visit Hadis Najafi’s burial, which has come to represent the turmoil roiling Iran.

Videos showed Karaj demonstrators obstructing a highway, torching a car, and yelling anti-government chants.

In other video, security guards could be seen shooting tear gas in their direction.

According to BBC News, large crowds gathered to observe the 40th day of mourning for Mahsa Amini, the young woman whose death while in police custody initially sparked the protests, and for Nika Shakarami, a teenage girl, last week. Security forces opened fire on the crowds.

Hadis Najafi, a 22-year-old TikToker, recorded a video on her phone as she walked to a demonstration in Karaj, just west of Tehran, on 21 September.

I hope in a few years when I look back, I will be happy that everything has changed for the better,” she says, as night falls around her, in the video obtained by BBC Persian.

Her family said that she was shot dead by security forces almost an hour later. Officials allegedly asked her father to say that she died of a heart attack.

Norway-based Iran Human Rights said on Wednesday that 277 people, including 40 children and 24 women, had been killed by security forces in a violent crackdown launched in an attempt to quell the protests.

Authorities have denied involvement in the killing of protesters, instead blaming foreign-backed “infiltrators” and “terrorists”. A state-run newspaper said on Monday that 35 security personnel had died during the unrest.


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