Security personnel in Iran have reportedly shot and killed a 23-year-old Iranian woman who gained recognition in a video last week as she joined the anti-hijab protests.
On Sunday, Iranian journalist Farzad Seifikaran reported that Najafi Hadis was killed on Wednesday in the city of Karaj after being shot multiple times by security personnel in the face and neck.
Activists asserted that Najafi was the woman tying her hair in a viral video as she got ready to participate in anti-government protests.
The Iranian woman sent a powerful message in opposition to the law on hijabs and the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died of fatal injuries reportedly inflicted while in custody. Amini had been detained by the “morality police” of the Islamic Republic for wearing the headscarf “inappropriately.”
This 20 Yr old girl who was getting ready to join the protest against the murdering of #MahsaAmini got killed by 6 bullets.#HadisNajafi, 20، was shot in the chest, face and neck by Islamic Republic’s security forces.
Be our voice.#مهسا_امینیpic.twitter.com/NnJX6kufNW
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 25, 2022
On Sunday, Najafi’s family posted a video of her funeral.
Tens of thousands of people in Iran have expressed outrage in relation to Amini’s death by taking to the streets in numerous cities. For a week, protests have shaken the country with demonstrators confronting brutal responses by police and authorities.
Iranian Women Burn Veils and Chop Off Hair in Protest
In protest, numerous Iranian women, who have been placed at the forefront of protests, have burned their veils and chopped off their hair.
Majid Sadeghpour, a political director and member of The Organization of Iranian-American Communities, said, “People of Iran are in the process of another revolution, [as] the regime has been declining for years and now is literally falling. We call on the international community to cut ties with this regime and instead support the Iranian people and their [organized] resistance.”
Amnesty International reports that on the evening of September 21st, security forces killed at least twenty-one individuals, three of whom were minors. Although official figures have not yet been made public, Iran’s state television provided a death toll on Sunday that put the number of fatalities at at least forty-one.
State media cited President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday as saying that the nation must “deal decisively with those who oppose the country’s security and tranquility.”
Security forces responded to the protests by firing on protesters in various places, including in the capital.