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Iran tightens security on Amini’s death anniversary, as reported

Iran deploys security forces in Mahsa Amini’s hometown ahead of her death anniversary, anticipating potential unrest, as reported by witnesses, social media posts, and rights groups. Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd, died in custody after being arrested for alleged dress code violations, sparking widespread protests last year. These protests resulted in significant casualties and arrests.

Rights activists note a heavy security presence in Amini’s birthplace in Iran’s Kurdistan province. Activists report a small protest gathering with anti-government slogans before dispersing, but many remain anonymous due to fear of government reprisals in the face of increasing dissent crackdowns.

Social media posts mention security force deployments in various cities, mainly within Kurdistan, although these reports cannot be immediately verified.

Human rights group Hengaw, based in Norway, reports an atmosphere of intimidation and military presence in several Kurdish cities, with numerous citizens detained. Surveillance cameras are reportedly installed to monitor and identify protesters.

Internet connectivity disruption is reported in Zahedan, targeting anti-government protests on the eve of Amini’s anniversary. Protests in Zahedan continue with slogans like “Death or freedom.”

Iran has accused the US and Israel, along with local agents, of instigating unrest to destabilize the country.

US President Joe Biden acknowledges Amini’s impact on the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement, expressing support for the people of Iran. Britain imposes sanctions on four Iranian officials, and the US sanctions over two dozen individuals and entities connected to Iran’s suppression of protests.

Amnesty International’s report details mistreatment of victims’ families and arbitrary arrests. Amini’s uncle, Safa Aeli, was detained on September 5. Iranian and Western human rights groups report arrests, threats, and job losses among journalists, lawyers, activists, students, academics, artists, public figures, and ethnic minorities with ties to the protests. Amini’s family’s lawyer faces charges of “propaganda against the system.

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