Protests harden in Iran: protesters set fire to a seminar in Qom

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In the images you can see the religious center where the Mullahs are trained in flames

The building is seen to be on fire

The protests in Iran over the death of young Mahsa Amini in the hands of the State, for not wearing the Islamic headscarfcorrectly and that have already lasted for more than three months, they have become much more focused on demanding the departure of the Islamic regime that governs the country.

In this sense, during the early morning Images of the Shiite seminary in the city of Qom in flames were released this Friday, as part of the demonstrations by Iranians demanding the removal of the regime from power.

This is a place of great importance to Muslim communities, because it is there where the Mullahs are formed, that is, the people considered scholars in the Koran and Islamic jurisprudence.

This situation is a clear symbol of the exhaustion of civil society of the oppression of extremist religion and the demand for freedoms towards a democratic opening in Iranian territory.

The country is the scene of a wave of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died on September 16 after being arrested by the morality police for violating the dress code in force in the Islamic Republic and which obliges women to wear a veil in public.

Protests harden in Iran: protesters set fire to a seminar in Qom

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being detained by the “morality police” of the Islamic Republic, in Tehran

This Thursday, security forces killed a protester in Bukan and two others in Sanandaj, where the inhabitants -as is tradition- commemorated the 40th day since the death of four of their neighbors, killed during the repression of the protests, according to the Hengaw, an NGO for the defense of Kurdish rights, based in Norway.

In Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian (western) Kurdistan, marchers chanted slogans such as “Death to the dictator” , alluding to the supreme guide Ali Khamenei, according to a video posted by Hengaw and verified by the AFP agency.

In the same city, a police colonel was stabbed to death on Thursday, and another, who had been stabbed the day before, also died, according to the official IRNA news agency.

In Mashhad (northeast), two paramilitaries were stabbed to death while trying to intervene against “rioters who were threatening shopkeepers to force them to close” their businesses, the same agency reported.

In Bukan (west), “rioters” destroyed and burned public property and set fire to the town hall, before the police arrived, Irna said.

The repression of the protest movement has leftalready at least 342 dead since September 16, according to a balance released on Wednesday by Iran Human Rights (IHR), an NGO based in Oslo.

Since Sunday, five people associated with the demonstrations have been sentenced to death. Amnesty International denounced the “appalling use of the death penalty to suppress a popular uprising with greater brutality”.

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