Late musician Shajarian’s body transferred to Mashhad amid protests

Late musician Shajarian’s body transferred to Mashhad amid protests

The body of legendary Iranian musician Mohammad Reza Shajarian has been transferred to the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran from Tehran on Friday, where he was born in 1940.

Iran’s capital of Tehran witnessed several protests overnight to honor Shajarian who died on Thursday. Several videos posted on social media showed protesters clashing with security forces and other videos showed security armored vehicles being deployed to the streets to prevent further demonstrations.

Iranian authorities imposed partial disruptions to the Internet in the capital Tehran following protests by fans of the late Iranian composer and singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian who died on Thursday, cybersecurity NGO Netblocks confirmed in a report.

“Iran has faced a series of network disruptions since 2019, with some attributed to external factors, and others to state information controls or targeted internet shutdowns. NetBlocks investigations have helped identify the root causes of these network outages,” the cybersecurity NGO said in its report.

Shajarian, 80, died of a heart attack in Tehran’s Jam hospital on Thursday, his son Homayoun announced on Instagram.

Videos posted on social media showed hundreds of fans holding a memorial outside Tehran’s Jam hospital where they began to chant “Death to the Dictator.”

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