Protesters take to the streets across Iran to mark deadly 2019 crackdown


Iranians took to the streets again on Tuesday after organisers of protests over Mahsa Amini's death called for demonstrations to mark three years since a lethal crackdown on unrest sparked by a fuel price hike.

The call to commemorate those slain in the 2019 crackdown gave new momentum to the protests that erupted following the death of 22-year-old Amini on September 16, after her arrest for allegedly flouting the strict dress code for women.

In Tehran, the din of honking car horns reverberated as protesters blocked a major roundabout at Sanat Square and yelled "Freedom, freedom", according to online videos verified by AFP. Shops were shuttered in Tehran's famed Grand Bazaar and its neighbourhood of Tehranpars.

Iran's Mehr news agency reported that most of the bazaar's shops were closed or closing, but quoted one merchant as saying they had shut after people who chanted slogans "threatened to burn our stores".

People later poured onto the streets of other cities, including Bandar Abbas and Shiraz, where women were seen peacefully waving their headscarves above their heads.

The UN Human Rights Office on Tuesday called on Iran to immediately release thousands of people arrested for taking part in peaceful demonstrations and said one protester had already been sentenced to death.

"We urge the authorities to immediately release all those detained in connection to peaceful protests, and to drop the charges against them," Laurence told reporters in Geneva.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and AP)

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