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Women join protests in Iran’s Baluchistan

Women join protests in Iran’s Baluchistan
posted onDecember 2, 2022

Women in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province on Friday joined nationwide protests, in what a rights group called a "rare" move in the largely conservative southeastern region.

Online videos showed dozens of women on the streets of the provincial capital Zahedan holding banners that declared "Woman, life, freedom" -- one of the main slogans of the protests that erupted in mid-September sparked by Mahsa Amini's death.

"Whether with hijab, whether without it, onwards to revolution," women clad in black, body-covering chadors chanted in videos posted on Twitter and verified by AFP.

Women-led protests have swept Iran since Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian died following her arrest in Tehran for an alleged breach of the Islamic republic's dress code based on sharia law.

Security forces have killed at least 448 protesters, with the largest toll in Sistan-Baluchistan on Iran's southeastern border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Iran Human Rights, an Oslo-based non-governmental organisation.