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At least nine dead as protests continue over Mahsa Amini’s death at hands of Iran’s morality police

After the tragic death of a police officer, protests erupted worldwide and sanctions were imposed on Iran’s leaders and morality police.

Since the weekend after 22 year-old Mahsa’s death, at least nine protesters were killed and two security officers were injured in violent demonstrations.

Miss Amini was detained by the morality police last week because she failed to properly cover her hair in a headscarf, known as the hijab. This is a mandatory requirement for Iranian women. Miss Amini fell to her death at a police station three days later.

The US Treasury identified the leaders of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security as well as the Army’s Ground Forces and Basij Resistance Forces. These law enforcement agencies were given sanctions by the US, which prevents them from accessing their US bank accounts and property.


The Treasury stated in a press release that “these officials supervise organisations that routinely use violence to suppress peaceful demonstrations and members of Iranian civil Society, political dissidents and women’s rights activists and members of Iran’s Baha’i community,”

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Women wore headscarves and cut hair in protest

Police claim Miss Amini died from a heart attack, deny she was mistreated and released video footage purporting that it showed the moment she fell.

Her family claims she never had any heart problems. Protesters have made daring displays defiance in the face beatings and arrests of her body in police custody.

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According to UN experts, independent experts said that she had been severely beaten by morality police officers on Thursday. However, they did not provide any evidence.

According to Mohammadali Kamfirouzi, the lawyer for the reporter, Niloufar Hamedi was a journalist who took photos at the hospital following Ms Amini’s passing.

He claimed that her house had been raided.

Image A Turkish woman who is Iranian, cuts her hair in protest at the Iranian consulate Istanbul

Women cut hair in solidarity

Iranian women have protested in Tehran and throughout the country against her execution. Many Iranians, especially the young, see it as part of the Islamic Republic’s brutal policing of dissent, and the increasing violence that the morality police has been treating young women.

In the past five days, the protests have exploded into an open challenge against the government. Women are burning and removing their state-mandated headcovers on the streets. Iranians call for the fall of the Islamic Republic.

Protesters chanted “Death to dictator” many times.

These are the largest demonstrations since 2019, when protests broke out over an increase in petrol prices.

One anchor on state television suggested that the death toll from mass protests could reach 17 — but he didn’t explain how he reached that number.

The United States, the European Union, and the United Nations condemned Miss Amini’s suicide.

Women around the world have uploaded videos to social media platforms showing solidarity with Iranian women.

Annalena Baerbock from Germany, the foreign minister, was in New York for the UN General Assembly on Thursday. She condemned the crackdown, and stated that Germany would raise violations of women’s rights at UN Human Rights Council.

She said, “The brutal attack against the brave women of Iran is also an assault on humanity.”

Image Protest against the death of Mahsaa Amini

Iranian president demands US journalist wear headscarf

Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian President, took the stage in New York on Wednesday at UN General Assembly.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor, said that she had intended to confront Mr Raisi over the protests in a first interview with him in the USA. But the president refused to allow her to wear a headscarf.

“We are in New York where there is no law nor tradition regarding headscarves. “I pointed out that none of the previous Iranian presidents required this when I interviewed them outside Iran,” the British Iranian anchor wrote alongside a photograph of Mr Raisi in his empty chair.

“I could not agree to this unexpected and unprecedented condition.”

“As Iran protests are continuing and people are being murdered, it would have been a significant moment to speak with President Raisi.”


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