Iran police call woman’s death ‘unfortunate’ as protests continue

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  • Mahsa Amini was detained by the ethics police last week
  • Protests in many areas including Tehran, Kurdish province
  • Ethics Police imposes strict dress rules on women

DUBAI, Sep 19 (Reuters) – Iranian police said on Monday that the death of a young woman in custody was an “unfortunate incident”, a semi-official news agency reported, and denied allegations of abuse that led to the third day of protests. aired it. officials.

Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma and died last week after her arrest by the ethics police in Tehran, sparking demonstrations in Tehran and the province of Kurdistan, where she came from. read more

His death was condemned across the country, with the Persian hashtag #MahsaAmini reaching nearly 2 million Twitter mentions. The most intense demonstrations have been in Iranian Kurdistan, where authorities have previously downplayed unrest among minority Kurds.

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A video posted on Twitter by Kurdish rights group Hangau showed protesters pelting stones at security forces in the Kurdish region’s Diwandareh town on Monday.

A widely followed Iranian Twitter account focused on protests in Iran said shoppers in Kurdish cities had gone on strike.

Reuters could not confirm the authenticity of the video.

Police have said Amini fell ill as she waited along with other women by morality police, which enforce strict rules imposed since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, including requiring women to cover their hair and wear their hair. Loose clothing is required in public.

But her father told the pro-reform Amtedad news website on Sunday that his daughter had no health problems, adding that she had hurt her legs and blamed the police for her death.

Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi said that “cowardly allegations” were leveled against Iranian police, that Amini had suffered no bodily harm, and that police had done “everything” to keep him alive.

“This incident was unfortunate for us and we never want to see such incidents happen again,” Rahimi said in a statement reported by the Fars news agency.

Police showed a video in which a woman named Amini was walking in a room and sitting with others. This is then shown him on his feet talking to someone who was inspecting the part of his clothing.

After this the woman put her hand on her head and fell.

Rahimi said the paramedics arrived within a minute and he

He could not comment on the cause of death as it was a medical issue.

Criminals against Iran’s sharia, or Islamic law, face public reprimands, fines, or arrests. But activists have urged women to remove the veils despite recent crackdowns from hardline rulers over “immoral behaviour”. read more

An official organization promoting Islamic ethics has urged reforms in the way Iran enforces rules on wearing the hijab, calling for less policing and more incentives for women to obey the rules.

“Cleric, get lost”

Protests broke out during Amini’s funeral in her hometown of Saqeez on Saturday, with social media videos showing protesters raising slogans against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and women taking off their headscarves. read more

His death could escalate tensions between the establishment and the Kurdish minority numbering 8 to 10 million.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have quelled unrest in the country’s Kurdish regions for decades and many Kurdish activists have been sentenced to lengthy prison or death sentences.

Videos shared on Twitter on Sunday showed protesters demonstrating in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan province.

A video posted by Hangau shows security forces in riot gear running down a street, with at least one of them firing what appears to be a gun.

Masoud Barzani, the former president of Iraq’s Kurdish region, offered condolences to Amini’s family on Sunday, his Facebook page said.

The widely followed Iranian protest Twitter account posted footage that showed it was a protest against Basij, a paramilitary militia force at the University of Tehran.

“I will kill the one who killed my sister… by cannon, tank or firecrackers, the cleric is lost,” the protesters shouted.

Reuters could not independently confirm the video.

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Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Written by Tom Perry, Editing by Toby Chopra and Ed Osmond

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