The protests after the death of a woman in custody are organized, according to the governor


Update: 20.09.2022 18:52

Tehran/Geneva – Protests in Tehran against the police, in whose custody an Iranian woman arrested by morality police died, were planned and organized with the aim of causing riots in the capital. This was stated today by the governor of Tehran in response to the demonstrations that are spreading throughout the country due to the death of Mahsa Aminiya. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reacted to them today, according to which the allegation that the woman was subjected to ill-treatment must be investigated.

One Iranian parliamentarian also criticized the police for their actions, and several French politicians expressed their support for Iranian women.

Aminí was detained a week ago in Tehran for violating the rules on wearing the hijab – a scarf with which a woman in Muslim society is supposed to cover her hair, neck and breasts. She collapsed in custody and later died, according to police. Police say it was a heart attack, but the family said Aminí had no medical problems.

A storm of resentment and protests arose in the country, during which three people died, according to Reuters. The largest took place in the north, in the area inhabited by Iranian Kurds, where Aminíová comes from. A Kurdish group reported that three people died there during Monday’s demonstration. The governor of Iranian Kurdistan today confirmed the deaths of three people during protests, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, calling the deaths “suspicious”. “A citizen of Dívándarre was killed (by a type of weapon) not used by the armed forces. Terrorist groups want to kill, so families should take care of their children,” the provincial governor said.

Tehran Governor Mohsen Mansouri wrote on Twitter about the protest in Tehran that “the main gatherings in the city were organized and pre-planned to cause riots”. “Burning the flag, pouring gasoline on the streets, throwing stones, attacking the police, setting motorcycles and garbage cans on fire, destroying public property – this is not the work of ordinary people,” he wrote. In the province of Gilan, the police arrested 22 people.

On Monday, the US called for the culprits to be found because Aminíová “suffered injuries while in custody”. Her arrest and “violence that resulted in death” were also condemned by France.

Today, several French politicians supported Iranian women. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, wrote on Twitter that “Mahsa Aminí was 22 years old and only wanted to live freely”. “In Iran, the word courage is feminine. It belongs to all women who rise up in the name of their freedom. Their struggle is ours too,” the tweet reads.

Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian Nada Nashif (Al-Nashif) expressed her concern over Aminiya’s case. “Her tragic death and the allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be quickly, independently and properly investigated by an independent authority, which will ensure in particular that the family learns the truth,” the High Commissioner said.

Iranian MP Jalal Rashidi Kouchi criticized the moral police because, according to him, it has no results and only harms the country. “The problem is that someone doesn’t want to see the truth. Will the people who are brought in for interview (by the police) change when they come out?” said Kúčí.


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