Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday in the city of Mahabad, Iran, to protest against an Iranian police officer who attempted to sexually assault a girl – which resulted in her committing suicide.
The girl, Farinaz Khosrwni, was working at the Tarai hotel. She threw herself off from the hotel’s fourth floor balcony, after an intelligence officer attempted to rape her.
News of the incident spread quickly on social media calling for a mass protest across Mahabad. Thousands of protestors stood in front of the hotel and set it on fire.
The security forces has reportedly fired live bullets at the protesters after blocking the roads linking the protest’s location with other parts of the city.
Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish activist Ibrahim Asaad said that the Iranian regime’s practices against the Kurds “reached unbearable level”.
“The Kurdish people in Iran have be subject to persecution and suppression by the authorities. This incident, although seems individual, reflects the degree of brutality of security officers in Mahabad,” he said.
“This protest has been motivated by sympathy with the victim and dozens other victims who were exposed to such acts by the Iranian authorities. The Kurdish residents of Mahabad won’t stop protesting until making sure that the perpetrators are prosecuted,” Asaad told ARA News.
Over the past few months, the Iranian authorities executed several Kurdish activists. Last February, the Kurdish political activist Saman Nesim was executed in the jail of the city of Urmia, in western Iran, on charges of participating in armed activities of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan against the Iranian government.