September 26, 2022

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The protests against the auxiliary police continue

Anger does not retreat Iran After a young woman dies in the custody of the morality police. New demonstrations took place on Monday, esp Tehran and in Mashhad. At the same time, the police continue to deny any responsibility for the death.

On Monday evening, on Hejab Street (“Muslim Veil” in Persian), “several hundred people chanted against the authorities, some of them taking off their hijabs,” the Fars agency reported.

“Bannons and tear gas” against mobs

A short video broadcast by the agency shows dozens of people, including women who have removed their veils, chanting “Death to the Islamic Republic”. “Police arrested several people and dispersed the crowd using batons and tear gas,” Fars said. A crowd A similar incident took place in Mashhad, the country’s first holy city in the north-east, according to the Tasnim agency.

On September 13, Masha Amini was arrested in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothing” by the auxiliary police responsible for enforcing the dress code of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Very strict rules for women

In Iran, covering the hair in public is mandatory. The policy also prohibits women from wearing short coats above the knee, tight pants and jeans with holes or brightly colored clothing.

The young woman fell into a coma after her arrest and died in hospital on September 16, state television and her family said. Activists deemed his death “suspicious”. custody There was “no physical contact” between the police and the victim, he said from Tehran. The young woman’s death sent shockwaves through the country. In an attempt to contain the protests, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi called for an investigation.

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An “unacceptable” death according to the EU

For his part, Tehran’s police chief, General Hossein Rahimi, again rejected the “unjustified accusations against the police”. ‚ÄúThere is no negligence on our part. We conducted investigations. “It’s a very unfortunate incident and we want it to never happen again.”

Filmmakers, artists, sportsmen, politicians and religious figures have also expressed their anger on social media. Abroad, the head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrell, condemned the “unacceptable” death of the young woman on Monday and called on the authorities to punish those responsible. France, for its part, described the death of the young Iranian in custody as “deeply shocking” and called for “an open investigation to shed full light on the circumstances of this tragedy.”