Over 700 protesters arrested in Iran, including 60 women: Police Chief

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Tehran: Iranian police arrested over 700 protesters in Iran including 60 women during more than a week following the death of a young woman in custody, according to the sources.

Guilan Province Police Chief General Azizollah Maleki  announced the arrest of 739 rioters including 60 women, said the Iranian media.

As deadly protests flare in Iran after the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini. Amini died after her arrest by Iran’s feared morality police for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an improper way. The protests begin in the evening and continue into the middle of the night, said a witness.

On streets in Iran, young people have set fire to pictures of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei amid shouts of death to the dictator. Protests have provoked a deadly backlash by security forces, with the authorities trying to restrict internet access to snuff out coverage.

Iranians who cross into Iraq for work or to see relatives say they are still too scared of repercussions at home to speak openly. Krimi, using an alias, said that in his home town of Marivan in western Iran a “general strike” had begun on Friday. All the shops and markets are closed, he said.

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