After the execution of four demonstrators, the protests in Iran initially died down. But after the traditional mourning period of 40 days, more activists are taking to the streets again. In some places there are riots, young people are said to have been dragged into police cars.

In Iran, numerous people have again demonstrated against the political and spiritual leadership. According to reports from eyewitnesses, there were protests on Thursday evening in the capital Tehran, the megacity Mashhad in the north-east and in the Kurdish areas. Activists had called for new protests after the traditional 40-day mourning for two executed demonstrators. The latest wave of protests in the Islamic Republic was triggered by the death of an Iranian Kurd five months ago.

Eyewitnesses reported violent protests in the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Ghorweh, where demonstrators set up barricades and set garbage cans on fire. Security forces responded with warning shots. Several youths are said to have been dragged into police cars. In other parts of the country, many women once again roamed the streets. Cries of “death to the dictator” and “woman, life, freedom” could also be heard in Tehran. However, the protests were limited to individual quarters of the capital. The situation in the center remained calm.

The protests began in mid-September after the death of Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old died in police custody after being arrested by the moral guards for violating the headscarf requirement. The protests plunged the political leadership into the worst crisis in decades.

In the past few weeks, the demonstrations had initially decreased after the execution of four demonstrators. Many women are now expressing their protest by ignoring the obligation to wear a headscarf. President Ebrahim Raisi recently declared the protests over.