The Fort Worth Press - Iranians strike as Mahsa Amini protests enter sixth week

USD -
AED 3.672498
AFN 71.621368
ALL 95.406791
AMD 394.646823
ANG 1.797095
AOA 837.502932
ARS 869.241864
AUD 1.549355
AWG 1.8
AZN 1.756834
BAM 1.832964
BBD 2.01328
BDT 109.436137
BGN 1.832735
BHD 0.376851
BIF 2856.982193
BMD 1
BND 1.35895
BOB 6.905213
BRL 5.234096
BSD 0.997095
BTN 83.421272
BWP 13.781631
BYN 3.262653
BYR 19600
BZD 2.009906
CAD 1.37549
CDF 2790.0001
CHF 0.90988
CLF 0.035477
CLP 978.930203
CNY 7.2348
CNH 7.24386
COP 3892.15
CRC 499.6298
CUC 1
CUP 26.5
CVE 103.338238
CZK 23.644001
DJF 177.560765
DKK 6.987397
DOP 58.941508
DZD 134.765709
EGP 48.496797
ERN 15
ETB 56.735864
EUR 0.936555
FJD 2.269703
FKP 0.802762
GBP 0.80206
GEL 2.660193
GGP 0.802762
GHS 13.411057
GIP 0.802762
GMD 67.950481
GNF 8571.696345
GTQ 7.755171
GYD 208.768345
HKD 7.83024
HNL 24.616913
HRK 7.08016
HTG 132.164948
HUF 367.910126
IDR 16168.35
ILS 3.788405
IMP 0.802762
INR 83.526299
IQD 1306.167205
IRR 42062.498224
ISK 140.75986
JEP 0.802762
JMD 155.032802
JOD 0.708704
JPY 154.178985
KES 132.498831
KGS 89.005097
KHR 4032.802249
KMF 463.590528
KPW 900.00035
KRW 1372.960167
KWD 0.30804
KYD 0.830916
KZT 447.75378
LAK 21213.385004
LBP 89290.684761
LKR 301.120415
LRD 193.301658
LSL 19.097496
LTL 2.95274
LVL 0.60489
LYD 4.865979
MAD 10.120897
MDL 17.817931
MGA 4374.882849
MKD 57.749891
MMK 2093.908154
MNT 3450.000346
MOP 8.04253
MRU 39.675017
MUR 46.550224
MVR 15.449917
MWK 1728.397376
MXN 16.960801
MYR 4.777502
MZN 63.498534
NAD 19.019838
NGN 1160.560042
NIO 36.701031
NOK 10.980885
NPR 133.479227
NZD 1.687095
OMR 0.384943
PAB 0.997076
PEN 3.751681
PGK 3.790066
PHP 57.014019
PKR 277.570126
PLN 4.062374
PYG 7379.465143
QAR 3.640503
RON 4.659704
RSD 109.708811
RUB 94.150405
RWF 1285.285848
SAR 3.751142
SBD 8.475185
SCR 13.509539
SDG 585.999901
SEK 10.924509
SGD 1.358755
SHP 1.26345
SLE 22.847303
SLL 20969.503664
SOS 571.500197
SRD 34.775505
STD 20697.981008
SVC 8.724338
SYP 2512.53037
SZL 18.975633
THB 36.713505
TJS 10.89338
TMT 3.505
TND 3.162974
TOP 2.39395
TRY 32.472697
TTD 6.770289
TWD 32.342801
TZS 2577.507051
UAH 39.427366
UGX 3804.016757
UYU 38.789912
UZS 12636.185996
VEF 3622552.534434
VES 36.243564
VND 25405
VUV 118.722038
WST 2.803608
XAF 614.767573
XAG 0.035222
XAU 0.000421
XCD 2.70255
XDR 0.757638
XOF 614.767573
XPF 111.574964
YER 250.349887
ZAR 18.983702
ZMK 9001.200413
ZMW 25.202082
ZWL 321.999592
  • SLAC

    0.0050

    10.305

    +0.05%

  • CMSD

    0.0500

    24.27

    +0.21%

  • SCS

    -0.0200

    11.82

    -0.17%

  • BCC

    -1.1100

    137.8

    -0.81%

  • CMSC

    0.0200

    23.92

    +0.08%

  • GSK

    -0.3500

    39.6

    -0.88%

  • BCE

    0.0200

    32.24

    +0.06%

  • NGG

    1.0700

    64.59

    +1.66%

  • BTI

    0.2100

    28.59

    +0.73%

  • JRI

    0.1200

    10.98

    +1.09%

  • RIO

    1.0900

    66.78

    +1.63%

  • RBGPF

    1.1780

    52

    +2.27%

  • RELX

    0.1700

    41.45

    +0.41%

  • BP

    -0.2600

    38.37

    -0.68%

  • AZN

    0.2650

    68.53

    +0.39%

  • VOD

    0.0900

    8.28

    +1.09%

  • RYCEF

    0.0750

    5.015

    +1.5%

Iranians strike as Mahsa Amini protests enter sixth week
Iranians strike as Mahsa Amini protests enter sixth week / Photo: © AFP

Iranians strike as Mahsa Amini protests enter sixth week

Shopkeepers and factory workers went on strike in Iran on Saturday as nationwide protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini entered a sixth week, activists said.

Text size:

The death of 22-year-old Amini, after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran's strict dress code for women, has fuelled the biggest protests seen in the Islamic republic for years.

Young women have led the charge, removing their headscarves, chanting anti-government slogans and confronting the security forces on the streets, despite a crackdown that rights groups say has killed at least 122 people.

Activists issued a call for fresh demonstrations as the Iranian working week got underway on Saturday, but it was difficult to immediately gauge the turnout due to curbs on internet access.

"On Saturday... We will be together for freedom," activist Atena Daemi said in a Twitter post that bore an image of a bare-headed woman with her fist raised in the air.

The 1500tasvir social media channel told AFP that there were "strikes in a couple of cities including Sanandaj, Bukan and Saqez" but added that it was difficult to see evidence of them online as "the internet connection is too slow".

Saqez, in the western province of Kurdistan, is Amini's home town, where anger flared at her burial last month, helping trigger the protest movement.

The Norway-based Hengaw rights group also said shopkeepers were on strike in Bukan, Sanandaj and Saqez, as well as Marivan.

- 'Systematic oppression' -

Elsewhere, dozens of students were seen clapping and chanting during a protest at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, in a video tweeted by 1500tasvir on Saturday.

Dozens of workers were seen gathering outside the Aidin chocolate factory in Tabriz, capital of East Azerbaijan province, in other footage it shared. AFP was unable to immediately verify the videos.

People were also gathering around the world on Saturday for rallies in solidarity with the Iranian protest movement.

In Tokyo, demonstrators held up portraits of Amini and others who have been killed in the crackdown, as well as a banner bearing the protest slogan: "Women, life, freedom".

Iranians living in Germany were converging on Berlin ahead of a major demonstration later Saturday, activists said.

A teachers' union in Iran has called for a nationwide strike on Sunday and Monday over the crackdown that Amnesty International says has cost the lives of at least 23 children.

In a statement, the Co-ordinating Council of Teachers Syndicates said the "sit-in" would be in response to "systematic oppression" by the security forces at schools.

It identified four teenagers who had been killed in the crackdown -- Nika Shahkarami, Sarina Esmailzadeh, Abolfazl Adinezadeh and Asra Panahi -- and said a large number of teachers had been arrested without charge.

"Iran's teachers do not tolerate these atrocities and tyranny and proclaims that we are for the people, and these bullets and pellets you shoot at the people target our lives and souls," it said.

- 'Detaining, maiming and killing' -

Activists have also accused the authorities of a campaign of mass arrests and travel bans to quell the protests, with athletes, celebrities and journalists caught up in the dragnet.

Overnight an Iranian climber, who was reportedly placed under house arrest for competing abroad last weekend without a headscarf, thanked her supporters on Instagram.

Elnaz Rekabi, 33, wore only a headband in an event at the Asian Championships in Seoul, in what many saw as gesture of solidarity with the Amini protests.

"I sincerely thank all those who came to the airport for welcoming me, I love you," Rekabi said in her first social media comments since returning to Iran on Wednesday to a hero's welcome.

The BBC and London-based Iran International television said on Friday that Rekabi had been placed under house arrest.

Her phone had reportedly been seized from her before she flew home.

On Friday, a New York-based human rights group called on the International Federation of Sport Climbing to do more to protect her.

IFSC "should engage with rights organisations to protect pro climber #ElnazRekabi and all Iranian athletes", the Center for Human Rights in Iran tweeted.

"Don't take the government in Iran's word at face value -- it has a documented history of detaining, maiming and killing those who oppose it," the CHRI added.

burs-dv/lg

T.Mason--TFWP