Incredible scenes in Iran as thousands defy government: 'The bravery'

Tens of thousands of people in Iran have defied government threats and ignored roadblocks to mark 40 days since the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.

The 22-year-old passed away on September 16, three days after she had been detained by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly wearing her hijab “improperly.”

Police claim she suffered a heart attack but her family claim she was tortured and suffered a blow to the head.

On Wednesday protesters marched on Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad, but the biggest gathering was in Ms Amini’s hometown of Saqez, in the western Kurdistan province.

There thousands made the journey to her gravesite, despite warnings not to by security services, for the traditional 40th and final day of mourning.

Protestors holding signs.
People have been gathering across Iran to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman. Source: AAP

Protestors march on Amini’s hometown

Extraordinary footage has since revealed crowds in their masses walking into the town chanting, while traffic can be seen backed up on multiple roads.

“Stunning video coming out of Iran,” the caption on Twitter reads.

“In Mahsa Amini’s hometown of Saqez, thousands ignore government road closures to walk to her gravesite 40 days after her death in the custody of Iran’s morality police.”

In response to the video, which has since been viewed more than 1.1 million times, a user claims the chanting included “woman, life, freedom” and “death to the dictator.”

Many online were quick to attack the Iranian government.

“It is not a real government, whereas, a gang group pretends to be a state serving the people,” one person wrote.

“I smell a people’s revolution coming soon!” said another. “Time to get rid of the Ayatollah and replace him with a person who can promote democracy.”

While women reportedly ripped off their headscarves or hijibs and waved them above their heads, another video reveals thousands of protestors clapping and cheering loudly in protest.

“Power from numbers,” wrote one person.

“I couldn’t stop crying when I saw this,” another said. “The bravery of these people is second to none!”

Iran’s security forces open fire on protesters

As protesters turned up in numbers to show their support for Ms Amini, Iranian security forces turned on them, with reports that shots were fired.

“Security forces have shot tear gas and opened fire on people in Zindan Square, Saqez city,” Hengaw, a group that monitors rights violations in Iran’s Kurdish regions, tweeted.

It claimed more than 50 civilians were injured by direct fire in cities across the region, while the government said that security forces had been forced to respond to riots.

Iranian police walking down the street.
Iranian police reportedly turned on protesters who'd turned out to mark the 40th day since Ms Amini's death in custody. Source: AAP

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