Iranian girls are burning their headscarves and slicing off their hair in protest on the demise of Mahsa Amini (22) after her arrest by Tehran’s infamous “morality police”.
ideos posted on social media present protesters setting fireplace to hijabs whereas calling for “revenge for our sister”, who died in hospital on Friday.
Ms Amini was in a coma for 3 days following her arrest for allegedly not conforming to the strict gown code for girls.
Demonstrators are demanding to know the circumstances of her demise after witnesses accused officers of beating her, contradicting police claims that there was “no bodily contact”.
Many Iranian girls have minimize their hair in protest and to specific anger on the method they’re handled by the police.
Throughout a live performance in Frankfurt, Googoosh – arguably the nation’s most well-known feminine singer – gave an emotional speech on behalf of Ms Amini.
Some protests have resulted in violence, with safety forces opening fireplace in Iran’s Kurdish area on Monday, killing at the very least 5 and injuring a whole lot, in keeping with native rights teams. Two of the deaths reportedly happened in Ms Amini’s house metropolis of Saqez.
Social media movies appeared to point out protesters working from gunfire in Divandarreh in Kurdistan province, whereas recent protests additionally broke out in Tehran, together with in a number of universities, and in Iran’s second metropolis, Mashhad.
Police within the capital used tear gasoline and batons to disperse protesters chanting slogans denouncing the so-called morality police, the enforcers of the Islamic republic’s draconian legal guidelines which embody requiring girls to put on headscarves in public.
A number of hundred folks gathered on Tehran’s Hijab Road chanting “Demise to the Islamic Republic!” as they eliminated their headscarves.
The elimination of the top of Tehran’s morality police and President Ebrahim Raisi’s announcement of an investigation into Ms Amini’s demise have didn’t quell public anger.
Because the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranian girls have been banned from sporting tight trousers, clothes that reveals the knees, ripped denims or brightly-coloured outfits – in addition to being required to put on headscarves.
Tehran’s police chief Basic Hossein Rahimi on Monday rejected “unjust accusations towards the police”.
He stated Ms Amini had violated the gown code however that “the proof exhibits that there was no negligence or inappropriate behaviour on the a part of the police … That is an unlucky incident and we want by no means to see such incidents once more.”
Police blamed Ms Amini’s demise on a coronary heart assault, releasing CCTV footage showing to point out her collapsing.
However Ms Amini’s household questioned the police’s rationalization, saying she was “in excellent well being”.
Her father, Amjad Amini, instructed Fars Information Company, he “didn’t settle for” the footage, including that he believed it had been altered.
Witnesses stated Ms Amini was crushed inside a police van whereas being taken to a detention centre.
Ms Amini’s demise has been condemned by Nada Al-Nashif, Performing UN Commissioner for Human Rights.
“Mahsa Amini’s tragic demise and allegations of torture and ill-treatment should be promptly, impartially and successfully investigated by an unbiased competent authority,” she stated.
The Iranian authorities “should cease focusing on, harassing, and detaining girls who don’t abide by the hijab guidelines”, Ms Al-Nashif added.
France has known as for a “clear investigation… to make clear the circumstances of this tragedy”.
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