Iranian Police Shoot at Protesters in Tehran Metro Station

Passengers flee police bullets at a Tehran metro station

Iranian police have opened fire on protesters at a Tehran metro station and attacked women not wearing compulsory hair coverings, as demonstrations over the death of Mahsa Amini entered their third month.

Footage uploaded to social media showed terrified commuters shouting and desperately attempting to escape the carnage. Police officers were also filmed walking through the carriages and striking women with batons.

Iran has been gripped by protests since the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman of Kurdish origin who had been detained by the country’s morality police for allegedly failing to wear the hijab correctly. Initially focused on Amini’s death and the reasons for her detention, protests have developed into a wider movement calling for regime change.

The intensity of the demonstrations had increased when the organizers of the protests called for three days of action to commemorate “Bloody November”, when hundreds of people were killed in 2019 during demonstrations against rising fuel prices.

Tehran, Shiraz, Marvdasht, Bukan, Tabriz, Izeh, Saqqez, and Kermanshah all reportedly saw major unrest, with Agence France-Presse reporting that six people had been killed in clashes.