At least four dead and 75 injured in the riots over the death of Mahsa Amini in Iranian Kurdistan

Mahsa Amini died after being arrested by the Moral Police in Tehran for not wearing the veil properly


At least four people have died and 75 more have been injured by live ammunition fired by Iranian security forces during riots and protests sparked by the death of a Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, who died shortly after being arrested in Tehran for not wear the Islamic veil or hijab properly.

The incidents have been concentrated in the Iranian Kurdistan region, in the west of the country, according to the Hengaw Human Rights organization.

Two of the deceased correspond to the city of Saghez, where Amini was originally from. In that locality, at least 17 more wounded have been counted. In Divandarré there would be another two deceased and 15 wounded. Serious incidents have occurred in this town. There are also injured in Mahabad (13), Buchan (7), Kamiyaran (4), Bijar (7), Baneh (4) and Takab (4).

Among the injured is a 10-year-old girl who would be hospitalized with a critical prognosis after being shot in the head in the town of Bukan, according to reports by Hengaw and by Rudaw Kurdish-Iraqi television.

In Saghez, where Amini was buried on Saturday, “the atmosphere is one of undeclared martial law,” Bajtian Joshnam, director of the Saghez-based Mokrian news agency, told Radio Farda.

“There are security forces everywhere. There are policemen. The shops are completely closed and even the official organisms are closed from midday,” he pointed out.

The Iranian Kurdish parties had called for a general strike in Rojhelat, Eastern or Iranian Kurdistan, for Monday in protest at Amini’s death.

There is also news of protests in the Iranian capital, Tehran, where, according to the videos released, slogans such as “Death to the dictator” or “Woman, life and freedom!” have been chanted. There have been rallies at the University of Tehran, the University of Beheshti and the University of Alamé, according to the radio station Radio Farda, a Persian-language affiliate of the US radio station Radio Liberty.

Human Rights Watch has criticized the use of “deadly force” against protesters. “Repressing with tear gas and lethal force protesters who demand clarification of the death of a woman in police custody reinforces the systemic nature of the authorities’ abuses against human rights,” said Tara Sepehri Far, Iran researcher for HRW. .


The Tehran Police has come out this Monday to the step of the controversy and has assured that the death of Amini has been an “unfortunate incident that we wish not to be repeated”, in the words of the commander of the Police in Greater Tehran, Sardar Hosein Rahimi, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

Thus, he stressed that the Moral Police “carries out a positive job” and has regretted that “dishonest accusations have been made against the Police” after the death of Amini, which has triggered protests against the authorities in various parts of the country .

Rahimi has stressed that the woman was arrested for her clothing, although she has clarified that “there were no disputes or resistance during her transfer.” “According to other people, she made jokes inside the police van,” he pointed out at a press conference.

In this sense, he has emphasized that “there was no negligence on the part of the Police, not even a small slip”. “The statements published in cyberspace about the cause of death are lies,” she said, before asking the population “not to pay attention to rumours.”

However, Amini’s father, Amyad Amini, told Iraqi-Kurdish television Rudaw that the videos in which his daughter allegedly appears fainted are “lies” and “censorship”, as Amini was beaten by the agents. .

“She was not sick, as the Iranian television says,” said Amyad Amini, who assures that the authorities have refused to give her the autopsy of her daughter. “She was beaten inside the police vehicle and at the police station, but they don’t want to publish the security camera footage,” she added.

“It is not clear how they hit her. The women who were in the ambulance say she had a blow to the head,” he explained. In addition, the family has requested that an expert examine the girl’s body, without giving them any answer, she has explained.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi spoke by phone with the family on Sunday and conveyed his condolences and promised a thorough investigation to clarify what happened. “I told President Ebrahim Raisi that the recording shown on national television was nothing but lies, that it was censored,” Amyad Amini said.


Amini was arrested in Tehran when she was with her brother for “improperly” wearing the hijab. The intervention is attributed to agents of the Orientation Patrol or Moral Police, in charge of ensuring that dress standards are respected, which usually results in the arrest of women, although some men have also been arrested.

The Moral Police have shown security camera images of the moment the woman entered the police station, according to IRNA. In addition, he has assured that according to a first investigation “there was no physical contact with her neither in the car nor in the place”.

The family was informed that the woman was taken to a Moral Police headquarters for “an education and guidance class.” After two hours of waiting in front of the Moral Police station, her brother discovered that the woman had been taken by ambulance to a hospital. At that time he and other witnesses could hear screams and several women who came out of the place said that “they have killed someone.”

“Mahsa Aminis should never have been arrested. The abuses of the Moral Police must be abolished and the laws on the compulsory use of the hijab and others contrary to the rights of women must be repealed immediately”, Tara Sepehri has riveted. Far from HRW.

The European Union, for its part, has described Amini’s death as “unacceptable”. “What happened to him is unacceptable and the perpetrators of this murder must be held accountable,” EU Foreign Affairs spokesman Peter Stano said in a statement.

“It is imperative” that the Iranian authorities “respect the fundamental rights of their citizens,” added Stano. It must also be ensured that “those who are under any form of detention are not subjected to any type of mistreatment,” he pointed out.

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