Iran protests: 20-year-old Hadis Najafi’s brave stand before being killed by violence.
In the days after a video of 20-year-old Hadis Najafi protesting Iran’s strict hijab laws went viral, she was shot and killed.
Iranian forces shot and killed the 20-year-old woman who was in a video that went viral and was against the hijab.
Hadis Najafi was called the “ponytail girl” after a short video of her putting her blonde hair in a ponytail before joining a protest went viral and became a symbol of the current protests in Iran.
But on Sunday night, it was confirmed that Ms. Najafi had been shot six times in the chest, face, and neck, killing her.
On social media, many people have written about how brave the 20-year-old was. Monday is the 10th night in a row that people have been protesting since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in police custody after being beaten for not following hijab rules.
One Twitter post said, “Hadis Najafi, who was 21 years old, is another victim of the Islamic regime in Iran.”
“Her name was Hadis Najafi, and she was a bold and brave 20-year-old girl. In the city of Karaj, six bullets killed her. Only 20, she was. Say her name,” said another.
At least 41 people have died in the unrest, and Ms. Amini is one of them.
Ms. Amini’s death caused people all over Iran to speak out against Iran’s strict laws that require women to wear a hijab in public.
Men and women have cheered as women were filmed cutting their hair and burning their headscarves. Since 1983, when it was put in place four years after the Islamic revolution in 1979, the rule is very strict.
The Guidance Patrol, which is Iran’s morality police, arrested Ms. Amini on September 13. The government says she went into a coma and died of a heart attack after that.
Eyewitnesses, on the other hand, say they saw police beat her and disagree with this version of events.
Her father, Amjad Amini, also told BBC Persia that her dead body had bruises on her feet and that Ms. Amin did not have any heart problems before she died.
“They are wrong. They’re making things up. It’s all a lie… “I begged, but they wouldn’t let me see my daughter,” Mr. Amini said.
Local media also say that a CT scan of her head showed broken bones, bleeding, and swelling of the brain. The report said that the “severe trauma” seemed to back up what her family and doctors had said before, that she had been hit in the head several times.
In response to the protests, the Iranian government tried to shut down the internet all over the country, including Instagram and WhatsApp. Since the early 2000s, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been blocked.