Iranian state television announced the killing of 17 people since the beginning of the protests, which began six days ago, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for not wearing a headscarf. correctly. The television report stated that “17 people, including demonstrators and policemen, were killed in the events of the past days.”
Mahsa’s father accused the authorities of lying about his daughter’s death. Amjad Amini said doctors refused to let him see Mahsa after her death: “They’re lying. They’re lying. Everything’s a lie… They don’t care how much I begged, they didn’t let me see my daughter,” he told BBC Persia, picked up by other international media. The man also reported that when he saw his daughter’s body before the funeral it was completely wrapped except for her face and feet, which were bruised: “I have no idea what they did to her,” he said. Iranian officials said she died after suffering a “heart attack” and in a coma, but her family claimed she did not have heart problems, according to Extension News, an independent Iranian media. Public doubts about the account of those responsible for his death sparked a wave of anger that spilled over into violent street protests.
Meanwhile, protests are spreading across the country. Demonstrators demonstrated Thursday night in 15 Iranian cities, blocking traffic, setting fire to boxes and police vehicles, throwing stones at security forces, and chanting anti-government slogans. The IRNA news agency reported that police used tear gas and arrested to disperse the protesters. Men and women, many of whom had removed their headscarves, gathered in Tehran and other major cities, including Mashhad (northeast), Tabriz (northwest), Rasht (north), Isfahan (central), and Kish (south). In some cases, women took off their headscarves and burned them in protest of the country’s mandatory headscarf law, and videos were posted online.
Even the US President Joe Biden Speaking at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, he expressed solidarity with Iranian women. “We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear bomb,” he said. The United States stands with brave Iranian women’
And in yesterday’s protests, five people were killed by security forces in Iran’s Kurdish region during violent protests over the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police for not wearing a headscarf properly and died of mistreatment. According to the Norway-based Kurdish human rights group Hingau, the victims were shot dead in Kurdistan (the original Mahsa region), with police shooting on the streets of men, women and children. A spokesman for the UN human rights office also said that “two to five people” lost their lives.
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