Iran: 35 people killed in violent demonstrations after Mahsa Amini’s death

Iran: 35 people killed in violent demonstrations after Mahsa Amini’s death

At least 35 people have been killed in violent protests in Iran for more than a week after the death of a young woman who was arrested by morality police, state media said on Saturday.

Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested in Tehran on September 13 for “wearing inappropriate clothing” by police tasked with enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. She died in hospital three days later, and her death sparked nighttime protests in major cities across Iran, including the capital Tehran.

Authorities deny any involvement in the violence

“State television announced Friday night that the death toll in recent unrest in the country has risen to 35,” said Borna News, the news agency affiliated with Iran’s Sports Ministry.

On Thursday, state television reported the deaths of 17 people in the demonstrations, while authorities denied any involvement in the violence.

In the Islamic Republic, women are required to cover their hair and are not allowed to wear short or tight coats or jeans with holes.

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi confirmed on Friday evening that Mahsa Amini had not been beaten by security forces. “Reports were received from regulators, witnesses were interviewed, videos were reviewed, forensic reports were obtained and the young woman was found not to have been beaten,” Mr Vahidi said on TV, quoted by local media.

According to him, the Iranian government is “investigating the cause of Mahsa Amini’s death (but) we have to wait for the coroner’s final opinion, which will take some time.”

Mr Vahidi further criticized “those who have taken irresponsible positions (…) and incited violence” and accused them of “following the United States, European countries and anti-revolutionary groups”.


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