Videos: Iranians begin 'knock the turbans off clerics' game as part of anti-hijab protests
Videos have now emerged on social media that show students knocking turbans off of clerics
Iran held state-sponsored annual rallies on Friday marking the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, as the clerical establishment that has ruled since then battles nationwide protests calling for its downfall.
“NEW “GAME" in vogue among young people in #Iran : knocking down the turbans of mullahs crossed in the middle of the street, here in Hamedan (west of the country), in protest against the Islamic Republic, led by an ayatollah" wrote another.
They added," GAME. A growing number of young people in #Iran are having fun tearing down the mullahs' turbans in protest, like here, in the holy city of Mashhad, in the northeast of the country."
Radical students cemented Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 by storming the embassy soon after the fall of the U.S.-backed Shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for 444 days.
The two countries have been enemies ever since and, as Iranian authorities on Friday urged security forces to swiftly stamp out the anti-government protests, which have spread to all layers of society, new bilateral tensions surfaced.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi criticised Joe Biden, a day after the U.S. president vowed to "free Iran".
Biden said on Thursday that the demonstrators would soon succeed in freeing themselves.
"Don't worry, we're gonna free Iran. They’re gonna free themselves pretty soon," Biden said during a campaign speech in California. He did not expand on his remarks.
On 16 September 2022, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini, also known as Jina Amini, died in a hospital in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances. The Guidance Patrol, the religious morality police of Iran's government, arrested Amini for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards.
On 17 September, hours after Amini died, demonstrators gathered outside Kasra Hospital in Tehran, where Amini had been treated. Human rights groups reported that security forces deployed pepper spray against protesters and that several were arrested. Then a series of protests broke out over Amini's death, including in Saqqez, her hometown. Some shouted "death to the dictator", and Kurdish feminist slogans such as "woman, life, freedom"
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