Mahsa Amini’s father says Iran officials lied about his death as a protest



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Ani’s father Iranian The woman who died in police custody last week has accused authorities of lying about her death nationwide protests Despite the government’s effort to quell dissatisfaction with the Internet blackout.

Amjad Amini, whose daughter Mahsa died after arrest in Tehran ethics policeHe said the doctors had refused to see his daughter after her death.

Iranian officials have claimed that he died after suffering a “heart attack” and falling into a coma, but his family has said he had no pre-existing heart disease, according to an Iranian pro-reform media outlet. According to Amtedad News. The authorities’ account of his death has raised suspicion among the public. outburst of anger Which has spread into deadly protest.

“They are lying. They are lying. Everything is a lie… No matter how much I beg, they will not let me meet my daughter,” Amjad Amini told BBC Persia on Wednesday.

When he saw his daughter’s body being carried to her funeral he was completely wrapped except for her legs and face – although he saw bruises on her feet. “I don’t know what they did to him,” he said.

CNN could not independently verify his account with hospital officials.

Protests in Tehran, Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini on September 21.

CCTV footage released by Iran’s state media shows Mahsa Amini falling into a “re-education” center, where she was taken by ethics police to receive “guidance” on her dress.

his death a outburst of anger It has snowballed to include issues ranging from freedom in the Islamic republic to the severe economic effects of sanctions.

Protests and deadly clashes with police have erupted in towns and cities across Iran, despite authorities’ efforts to stem the spread of demonstrations through internet blackouts.

Internet watchdog Netblox said Wednesday evening that mobile networks have been largely shut down and access to Instagram and WhatsApp has been restricted.

Internet access was almost completely disrupted since Monday evening in parts of Iran’s western Kurdistan province, and there were regional blackouts in other parts of the country, including Sanandaz and Tehran.

It comes after Iran’s communications minister warned that Internet disruption could occur “for security purposes and for discussions related to recent events,” according to the country’s semi-official ISNA news agency.

The last time Iran saw such a serious blackout was when the authorities tried to stop it Mass protests in late 2019After the increase in fuel prices by up to 300%.

At the time, Iran was taken almost completely offline – in what Oracle’s Internet Intelligence called “the largest Internet shutdown ever in Iran”.

This week, several Iranian state government websites – including the official sites of the President and Iran’s Central Bank – were also offline, with hackers claiming collective anonymity.

On September 21, dozens of people demonstrated in Tehran, Iran, to protest the death of Mahsa Amini.

“(Greetings) citizens of Iran. This is a message from Anonymous to the whole of Iran. We are here and we are with you,” a social media account linked to the group tweeted on Tuesday.

“We support your determination for peace against cruelty and genocide. We know that your determination stems not from vengeance, but from your longing for justice. All tyrants will fall before your courage. Free Iranians Long live the women.”

According to a tweet by Anonymous, the hacker collective also took responsibility for the temporary removal of the website of Fars, Iran’s state media news agency, on Wednesday morning. The website has since been back online.

Violent Action Iran’s Morality Doesn’t Slow Protests Against Police

At least eight people, including a teenager, have died killed in recent days According to the human rights group Amnesty International, the protests led to clashes.

“At least four of those eight died from injuries sustained by security forces firing metal shells,” Amnesty said in a report published on Wednesday.

Four others were shot by security forces, Amnesty said, citing sources in Iran. It said eyewitnesses and video analysis show a pattern of “Iranian security forces unlawfully and repeatedly firing metal bullets directly at protesters”.

Riot police were deployed in the capital Tehran on Wednesday night to disperse protesters and several people were arrested, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

A bin burning in the middle of a square during a protest in Tehran, Iran, on September 20.

An eyewitness said riot police fired tear gas with “heavy action” near Tehran University.

Another eyewitness in the city’s eastern district said protesters were heard shouting “death to the dictator,” a reference to Iran’s supreme leader, and “I kill the one who killed my sister,” referring to Amini.

Videos from the nationwide protests showed people destroying posters of the supreme leader, and women demonstrating a symbolic defiance by burning their hijabs and cutting their hair.

CNN has reached out to police and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, who joined riot police in Tehran on Wednesday night, for comment. He has not issued a statement on the demonstrations or on the handling of the protests by law enforcement.

International activists and leaders have also expressed concern about the protests and alleged police violence.

The Swedish foreign minister said on Wednesday that Sweden stood with the mourning Iranians of Amini, and demanded that the authorities respect their right to a peaceful protest. Germany called on Iranian officials to “allow peaceful demonstrations and, above all, not to use any more violence” during a news conference on Wednesday.

United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister Tariq Ahmed said Britain was “extremely concerned at reports of serious abuse by security forces against Ms Amini and several others”.

“The use of violence in response to the expression of fundamental rights by women or any other member of Iranian society is completely inappropriate,” the statement said.

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