Hundreds protest after alleged murder of Iranian woman over hijab law, demand ‘death of dictator’

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Video from Iran shows hundreds of people gathered to protest at the funeral of a 22-year-old who was arrested by police and allegedly beaten to death for violating strict laws requiring women to cover their hair. sparked further calls to deny the Iranian president entry to the US as he prepares to speak at the UN General Assembly this week.

Iran’s vice squad arrested Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian woman, near a train station on September 14 while she was visiting the capital with her family. No explanation was given, but witnesses said police accused Amini of not wearing her hijab (headscarf) correctly.

Police rushed Amini to hospital shortly after she fell into a coma while in detention, claiming she had collapsed while in custody, but her family said they had seen evidence of beatings. Amini died three days later, but the police deny that Amini was murdered.

Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told TNZT News Digital that colleagues in the UN office in Iran were “deeply saddened” by Amini’s death and expressed their “sincere condolences”. He has not confirmed whether the secretary general would raise the subject at a possible meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi this week.

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Her death sparked waves of protests this weekend, with women gathering in the streets to take off their hijabs or cut their hair. Other reports indicate that mobile internet has stopped in various parts of Tehran as protests continue.

According to an Iranian news Twitter account 1500 Tasvir: “A group of women in Tehran took off the hijab and blocked the street to protest the murder of Masha Amini by the Islamic Republic’s Hijab Police, while chanting ‘ISIS, ISIS’ .”

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Ashok Swain, a professor at Uppsalla University in Sweden, posted a video on Twitter noting that protesters shouted “death to the dictator” at Amini’s funeral and called the women “just inspiring”.

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Additional video posted online Monday showed Iran’s security forces beating demonstrators in Tehran near the detention center where Amini was held before falling into a coma. Anti-riot troops also sprayed protesters in an effort to remove them from the street.

“Mahsa Amini represents every young Iranian man and woman,” Foreign Desk editor-in-chief Lisa Daftari told TNZT News Digital. “Her senseless death is not only symbolic of the regime’s barbaric treatment of its citizens, but it represents the many victims whose lives have been taken.”

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“You see protests erupting all over Iran because this is just one of many stories that have not been told,” Daftari continued. “The Iranian people are sending a clear message to the world community and in particular to the US to stop normalizing the inhumane actions of this regime.”

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Amini’s brother Kiarash told the news organization Iran Wire that he had filed a complaint with the courthouse in Tehran and that he “wanted to tell everyone in Iran what happened”.

Robert Malley, the Biden government’s special envoy to Iran, criticized Amini’s death, calling it “terrible.”

“The regime now claims that Mahsa suffered a heart attack while in detention, but it is clear to everyone that she suffered serious injuries from the beating she received during her arrest,” Banafsheh Zand, an Iranian-American researcher, told reporters. to TNZT News Digital. . “My question to western modern women is: is emancipation for you and not for me?”

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