Shock in Iran over the death of a young woman detained for wearing the veil wrong

Shock in Iran over the death of a young woman detained for wearing the veil wrong

  • “Dear Mahsa, your name will become a symbol,” proclaimed the Asia newspaper, in line with much of the Iranian press, shocked by the death of the 22-year-old arrested by the so-called morality police.

The death of a young woman after being detained by the police for not wearing the veil correctly continued to cause anger and commotion in Iran, where on Sunday (09.18.2022) there were protests, newspaper covers dedicated to the deceased and requests that the case be investigated.

The young Mahsa Amini, 22, died on Friday from a heart attack and coma that she suffered on Tuesday at a Tehran police station, where she was detained by the so-called Morale Police for not wearing the veil properly, a mandatory garment in the country.

Two days after her death, protests and signs of popular discontent continued.

“Women, life and freedom” chanted a group of protesters at Tehran University today over Amini’s death, Iranian news website Ruydad 24 reported.

Videos shared on social networks by Iranian journalists showed several dozen young people marching in the capital’s university, singing protest songs. Other videos on the Internet showed women cutting their hair in protest and in solidarity with Mahsa Amini.

Those protests follow yesterday’s at Amini’s funeral in her hometown of Saghez, as well as in the capital and other parts of the country.

In Saghez, her hometown, where she was buried on Saturday, residents hurled stones at the governor’s headquarters and shouted hostile slogans, before being dispersed with tear gas by police. The Iranian authorities confirmed the protests, where there were detainees and injuries.

“At Mahsa Amini’s funeral no one died and there were only a few minor injuries,” Saghez MP Behzad Rahimi told Iranian media today. The politician claimed that the security forces used “pellets” in the protests caused by “opportunists.”

At the funeral protests, many women removed their veils in defiance and outrage.

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