Anti-Hijab Protests Increasing Across Iran, At Least 50 Killed

Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested by the morality police in Tehran on Friday night . Activists said she was killed by security forces, more than three times the official death toll of 17 .

Tehran: Activists said that security forces in Iran killed a young woman who was arrested by the morality police in Tehran on Friday night, more than three times the official death toll of 17, which includes five security forces, according to Iran's Mehr news agency.Affected by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd who had been in a coma for three days after being arrested by the morality police in Tehran, the Iranian government declared an end The report by this Kurdish group cannot be independently verified.In videos shared online, demonstrators in the city of Babol, northern Mazandaran province, were seen setting alight a large billboard emblazoned with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's image.Protesters in the city of Terhan also set fire to a large billboard emblazoned with the feared Basij militia base.Measurements were taken in response to acts by counter-revolutionaries against national security on social media, according to Iran's news agency, which reported that some women protesters defiantly took off their hijabs and sprayed them in bonfires or symbolically chopped their hair before cheering crowds on Friday.Demonstrators also fired at security forces, set fire to police cars, and chanted anti-government slogans, according to NetBlocks.