Iranians Under Attack, Protesting in Support of Mahsa Amini


A bullet hole can be seen in the glass window of the Shah Cheragh shrine (photo courtesy AP News).

Kathlyn Tran, Staff Writer

In Dubai, multiple gunmen attacked an important Shiite holy site. The attack resulted in 15 killed and dozens more wounded. State TV blamed the ordeal on “takfiris”. Takfiris is a term referring to Sunni Muslim extremists, who have had a history on targeting the Shiite people. Attacks have been on the rise in Iran. Last April, there was an assailant who stabbed two people to death in the country’s most important Shiite site: the Imam Reza Shrine. The Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, warned whoever was behind the attack that they will “receive a regretful and decisive response.”

Such acts of violence have sparked riots from the people. Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of a city in Iran to honor the 40 days it has been since the death of Mahsa Amini. The death of Mahsa Amini has started a wave of protests; the most recent riot being Oct. 19. State-linked media outlets reported that 10,000 people visited Amini’s grave.