Sept. 30 – Iranian officials were aware that Mahsa Amini had sustained head injuries while being arrested by Iran’s morality police, according to a judicial letter leaked by hacking group Edalate Ali (Ali’s Justice).
Amini — who was detained for not following the country’s mandatory dress code for women — died on Sept. 16 in police custody, sparking anti-government protests which spread to more than 114 cities in the country.
The demonstrations have visibly shaken the Iranian regime, which has since pulled its morality police off the streets following the deaths of dozens of protesters.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — who was unjustly detained in Iran for almost 6 years — cut her hair in a show of solidarity with women in Iran as they protested for their basic human rights across the country.
In the online video, Zaghari-Ratcliffe cut her hair in strands, dedicating each one to a woman who had been killed, imprisoned or detained by the Iranian government for being gender equality advocates.
Cutting hair can be a symbol of mourning in Iran. One of the earliest mentions of the custom can be found in Shahnameh, the Book of Kings, a 1,000-year-old Persian poem by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, which is widely considered to be a literary masterpiece.
And Iran’s national football team appeared to cover their country’s colors by wearing all-black jackets before a match against Senegal on Sept. 27, according to The Times of London.
A video clip shared on Twitter showed the team wearing the black sweatshirts. Comments tweeted underneath the post questioned whether the men had chosen to wear the jackets to stay warm.
One of the players, Sardar Azmoun, had previously used his Instagram account to criticize the Iranian regime for its treatment of women.
Kayhan Life’s thoughts remain with Iranians demonstrating for their freedom.