The protests in Iran triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, the girl who died because she did not wear the veil well, do not stop, and the arrests and repression by the police do not stop. Among the latest protesters arrested is the granddaughter of Iran’s Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei: the activist Farideh Moradkhani, was arrested today for supporting the protests that have been going on in the country for over two months as reported by local media and Iran International. The woman had already been jailed last January for having sent a message to the widow of the last shah, Farah Diba, calling her “dear Queen” and was then released on bail in May.
The protesters once again supported Kurdish cities, which have recently come under a harsh crackdown by the security forces, who also used heavy weapons. These cities are reportedly in need of medical aid and food. Protesters shouted “Kurdistan, the eye and light of Iran”. Activists have called for “large national gatherings” tomorrow, especially in support of the Iranian Kurds. Meanwhile, the Association of Ophthalmologists has expressed concern over the numerous eye injuries of hundreds of protesters, who were hit by bullets in the face. Videos circulated on social media show 18-year-old Parsa Ghobadi, who lost both of his eyes in shootings in Kermanshah on Monday. Ghazal Ranjkesh also lost his right eye. “The last image I saw with that eye was the smile of the shooter,” he said on his Instagram profile.
In a series of expressions of solidarity with the people by Iranian athletes, one of the members of the Iranian women’s national table tennis team, Parinaz hajilou, 21, announced on his Instagram account his abandonment. “Medals don’t make my people happier,” she said. Also, two sisters, Sara and Pari Baharvandi, both members of the Iranian women’s national snooker team (a specialty of billiards), posted a video, bareheaded, announcing their resignations “in support of freedom”. In the past two weeks, at least five state-run TV and radio announcers have quit their jobs following posts on social media.