Protests have broken out at the funeral of a woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police.
Mahsa Amini, 22, died on Friday, days after eyewitnesses said beat her in a police van in Tehran – allegations denied by police.
Some women at the ceremony reportedly removed their headscarves in protest at the compulsory wearing of hijabs.
Mourners chanted “death to the dictator,” with videos showing police later firing on a crowd.
The funeral occurred in Ms. Amini’s hometown, Saqez, in the western province of Kurdistan.
According to videos published on social media, locals gathered very early in the morning to prevent Iranian security forces from rushing through the burial in secret to avoid protests.
There were also reports of injuries and arrests. In videos published on Twitter, security forces can see guarding the governor’s office and arresting protesters trying to get close to the building.
A picture of Ms. Amini’s gravestone was bee published on social media. It reads: “You didn’t die. Your name will be a code [rallying call].”
Ms. Amini was arrested on Tuesday by the morality police for allegedly not complying with the strict dress code on head coverings.
According to eyewitnesses, she was beaten inside a police van and later slipped into a coma.
Iranian police denied the allegations, saying she had “suffered a sudden heart failure.”
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hardline president, has asked the ministry of the interior to launch an investigation into the death.
Kasra Hospital in Northern Tehran said in a statement that Ms. Amini was admitted on 13 September, showing “no vital signs.” Later removed the
later removed the information from the hospital’s social media after hardline social media accounts accused hospital staff of being “anti-regime agents.”
Many users said they could not upload videos on Instagram or send content over WhatsApp.
Iranian state-controlled Sharq newspaper reported that Tehran’s low internet speed disrupted the stock market on Saturday.
Since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, women had legally required to wear modest “Islamic” clothing. In practice, women must wear a chador, a full-body cloak, a headscarf, and a manteau (overcoat) covering their arms.
Earlier in the summer, President Raisi also promised to crack down on the “promotion of organized corruption in the Islamic society,” directly referring to the campaign.
In recent months, Iranian state TV has shown televised confessions of women arrested for not following the strict dress code.
Many Iranians blame the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, for the crackdown. Had shared a speech by him on social media in which he praises the role of the morality police and the way it operates.