In Iran, Mahsa Amini’s hometown of Saqqez, police opened fire on protesters.

Mahsa Amini Tarr died in custody after being arrested for allegedly wearing hijab ‘improperly’. Thousands of people gathered at the grave of the Kurdish woman 40 days after her death. They clashed with the security forces.

A rights group and witnesses said officers fired bullets and tear gas at crowds in the city.

After the death of 22-year-old Amini on September 16, protests spread across Iran.

He was arrested three days ago by the morality police in the capital Tehran and fell into a coma after being held in a detention center.

There were reports that officers beat him with batons and hit him on the head with a car, but police denied ill-treatment, saying he suffered a heart attack.

Security forces were deployed in Saqqez and other parts of Kurdistan province on Wednesday, the 40th day of mourning for Mahsa Amini, amid fears of new protests.

The video showed thousands of mourners making their way through roadblocks, across a field and across a river to reach the cemetery where Mahsa is buried.

Crowds can be heard chanting ‘women, life, freedom’ and ‘death to the dictator’, ‘graveyard of fascists’.

However, it is not clear whether Amini’s family members were present.

A source close to the family told the BBC’s Zia Goal that intelligence agents had pressured his father that they were not staging an event.

The Norwegian-based Kurdish human rights group Hengao later tweeted that mourners had marched towards the provincial government office in Sakkej and security forces had opened fire on people in Jindan Square.

Riot police opened fire on mourners gathered at the cemetery, Reuters quoted an unnamed eyewitness as saying. Dozens of people have been arrested.

(October 27/FA)