The Iranian authorities have published a report that exonerates the morality police from any responsibility in the death of Mahsa Amini (photo taken on October 1 during a demonstration in Tehran).
IRAN – This is unlikely to quell popular discontent in Iran. This Friday, October 7, the Iranian authorities affirmed that the death of the young Mahsa Amini was not caused by ” strokes “but due to the consequences of an illness, three weeks after the start of the demonstrations triggered by the death of the young woman during her detention.
As a reminder, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, was arrested on September 13 by the Tehran morality police for not respecting the strict dress code for women in Iran. Very quickly, the activists claimed that she had suffered head injuries during her arrest. Authorities have denied any physical contact between police and the girl and said they are awaiting the results of the investigation.
Either way, the death sparked protests across the country, with Iranian women at the forefront, as well as demonstrations of solidarity around the world and widespread condemnation of the crackdown on popular protests.
a young woman in perfect health According to his father
The protests, which are the largest in Iran since 2019 against rising gasoline prices, have been bloodily suppressed. At least 92 people have been killed since September 16, according to a latest report by the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights, while an official report puts around 60 dead, including 12 members of the security forces.
” Mahsa Amini’s death was not caused by blows to the head and vital organs ” but is related to “ brain tumor surgery at age eight according to a report by the Iran Forensic Organization. A version that was already denied by the young woman’s father, Amjad Amini, who indicated that her daughter was ” In perfect health “.
” On September 13, (Mahsa Amini) suddenly lost consciousness and collapsed (…). He suffered from a heart rhythm disorder and a drop in blood pressure. added the report published by state television. ” Despite being transferred to the hospital and the efforts of the medical staff, she died on September 16 due to multiple organ failure caused by cerebral hypoxia. “, according to the same source.
The repression of the protests has been denounced by the international community and some countries have imposed sanctions.
On Thursday, the United States, for example, announced economic sanctions against seven top Iranian officials for their role in the crackdown. Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi key instrument of the regime in the repression », and that of Communications Issa Zarépour, « responsible for the shameful attempt to block the internet are among those sanctioned, according to a Treasury Department statement. Washington had already announced on September 22 a barrage of sanctions against the Iranian morality police and various security officials.
In Iran, the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic in particular requires women to wear the Islamic veil. And since Mahsa Amini’s death, women have been at the forefront of protests in Iran, as seen in several videos circulating online. In recent days, schoolgirls have even staged demonstrations in various regions during which they removed their veils or shouted anti-regime slogans.
Several other deaths set fire to gunpowder.
In a video verified by AFP, young men, bareheaded, sing “ death to the dictator “, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, on Monday at a school in Karaj in western Tehran. Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri acknowledged that young people were involved in the protests, denouncing the influence of social networks.
This Thursday, October 6, the Iranian justice system also denied that a 16-year-old girl, Sarina Ismaïlzadeh, had been killed in Alborz province, in the northwest of the country, by security forces during the protests, stating that she had ” suicide by jumping off a building “. On September 30, Amnesty International stated that the girl was ” died after being severely hit on the head with a truncheon The 23th of September.
Already on Wednesday, the Iranian justice denied any link between the death of another 16-year-old girl, Nika Shakarami, and the protests in Iran. In a video released by Persian media abroad, Nika Shakarami’s mother accused the authorities of killing her daughter.
Since the start of the protest, the regime has arrested high-profile supporters of the movement and imposed severe restrictions on access to social media. Iran has also repeatedly accused outside forces of fueling the protests, including the United States, its sworn enemy.
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