Protesters were shot at in Iran, five were killed

Five people were killed when police opened fire on protesters in Iran who were protesting the death of a young woman who died after being taken into police custody. She was arrested because she was not wearing the hijab, which is mandatory according to the regulations.

22-year-old Masa Amini was detained last Tuesday, according to witnesses, the police beat him in the police car, and then he fell into a coma. According to press reports, he died on Friday.

The police denied that the arrest had anything to do with the woman’s death, according to their statement, she died of sudden cardiac death. The Iranian Ministry of Interior launched an investigation into the matter.

The case caused national outrage, in the riots that had been going on for days in Szákkez, Kurdistan province, where Amini lived, two people were killed when the police opened fire on the demonstrators, the Hengav human rights organization announced on Twitter, according to which two more people were killed in the town of Divándarre, a fifth in the also died in Kurdish Dehgolan, also by police fire. The Reuters news agency could not independently confirm the information. The deaths were not officially announced, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported small demonstrations in some cities of seven provinces, which were dispersed by the police. State television said many protesters had been arrested, but the news outlet denied there had been any deaths.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday that many protesters believe that Masa Amini’s death was caused by torture. The police called the woman’s death an unfortunate incident.

The Tehran police chief also stated in his statement: I do not want a similar incident to happen again.

Demonstrators in Tehran. (Photo: AFP)

Wearing a headscarf has been mandatory for women for more than forty years, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, but this regulation has been violated by many people over the decades, especially in big cities. In recent years, there have been several movements against mandatory clothing, but the Iranian leadership and the morality police both insist on enforcing the rules.

Cover image: A protester sets fire to a motorcycle in Tehran. (Photo: AFP)

Source: Magyar Nemzet by

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