Iranians protest in Tehran over Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody: NPR


In a photo taken by a man not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by AP outside Iran, a police motorcycle is burning to protest the death of a young woman, who has been detained in the city for violating the country’s conservative dress code. was taken in. Tehran, Iran.

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In a photo taken by a man not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by AP outside Iran, a police motorcycle is burning to protest the death of a young woman, who has been detained in the city for violating the country’s conservative dress code. was taken in. Tehran, Iran.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Iranians took to the streets of the capital on Monday to protest the death of a young woman detained for violating the country’s conservative dress code.

The semi-official Fars news agency said students at several universities in Tehran gathered in protest, demanding an investigation into Mahsa Amini’s death and the dismantling of the ethics police, who were holding her at the time of her death.

Witnesses said demonstrators entered the central street Keshvarj Boulevard raising slogans of “death to the dictator”. They also raised slogans against the police and damaged a police vehicle. Witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

Late Monday, Associated Press reporters smelled tear gas in the air as charred dustbins and rocks scattered across some city squares. The police closed the roads leading to the Central Wali-e Asar Chowk. Groups of security forces and riot police in plainclothes could be seen across the region, and mobile internet service was down in central Tehran.

Dozens of demonstrators on motorbikes briefly appeared at some junctions, where they overturned dustbins and shouted slogans against the authorities before moving ahead at a high speed.


In this photo employed by the Associated Press and taken by a man outside Iran, obtained by the AP, anti-riot police arrive to disperse protesters protesting the death of a young woman.

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In this photo employed by the Associated Press and taken by a man outside Iran, obtained by the AP, anti-riot police arrive to disperse protesters protesting the death of a young woman.

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Demonstrations continued in other cities

Meanwhile, videos circulating on social media showed a third day of demonstrations in Kurdish cities in western Iran, as well as in the northern city of Rasht and a university in the central city of Isfahan. The Associated Press could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage.

Ethics police detained 22-year-old Amini last Tuesday for not covering her hair with the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, which is mandatory for Iranian women.

Police say she died of a heart attack and deny that she was abused. He released closed-circuit video footage last week, purportedly showing the moment she fell. Her family says she had no history of heart disease.

Amini, who hails from Kurdish, was buried in her hometown of Saqez in western Iran on Saturday. Protests broke out after his funeral and police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters on Saturday and Sunday. Many protesters were arrested.

Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi, who left for New York on Monday to address the UN General Assembly, has ordered an investigation and vowed to pursue the matter over the phone with Amini’s family. The judiciary has started an investigation and a parliamentary committee is also probing the incident.

The hijab has been made compulsory for women in Iran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and the ethics police have been accused of enforcing this and other sanctions. The force has been criticized in recent years, especially over its treatment of young women.

Dozens of women covered their heads in protest in 2017. Iranians have also taken to the streets in recent years in response to the economic crisis triggered by Western sanctions linked to Iran’s nuclear program.

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