© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A newspaper with the cover photo of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the “moral police” of the Islamic republic is seen in Tehran, Iran September 18, 2022. Majid Asgaripour / WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Tuesday confirmed that three people were killed amid widespread unrest over the death of a young woman in police custody, but sought to defuse blame. from security forces by saying the killings of protesters were “suspicious”.
Protests continued in Tehran late Tuesday and police fired tear gas, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Tehran Governor Mohsen Mansouri accused foreign agents of inciting violence in the capital. Iran’s state news agency IRNA said citizens of the three countries were detained during overnight gatherings.
The unrest is one of Iran’s worst since street clashes last year over water shortages and reflects citizens’ grievances not only about women’s rights but also about women’s rights. security and an economy reeling from international sanctions.
In an apparent attempt to defuse tensions, an aide to Iran’s supreme leader has offered condolences to the family of a woman killed in custody in Tehran after ethics police arrested her. for “inappropriate attire”.
The Kurdish human rights group Hengaw said three people were killed in Kurdistan on Monday when security forces opened fire.
The governor of the province of Kurdistan confirmed that three people were killed but said the deaths were suspicious and did not say who was responsible for them.
The semi-official Fars news agency said: “A citizen of (city) Divandarreh was killed with a weapon not used by the armed forces. Terrorist groups are trying to kill.”
Mahsa Amini, 22, from Iran’s Kurdistan province, fell into a coma and died while waiting for other women to be detained by the ethics police, who enforce strict rules in the Islamic Republic Religion requires women to cover their hair and wear loose clothing in public.
Amini’s father has repeatedly said that his daughter has no health problems, adding that she has bruises on her legs. He holds the police responsible for her death.
Protests broke out in Kurdistan and spread on Monday and Tuesday to several other provinces in northwestern Iran. The most violent unrest has taken place in the Kurdistan region.
Videos posted on social media showed protests in multiple cities, in which women waved headscarves and protesters faced off with security forces.
Sanam Vakil of Chatham House said the protests, sparked by Amini’s death, “also shed light on the issues that ordinary Iranians face every day in relation to security, freedom, and freedom. “.
“I don’t think this is an existential challenge for the regime … because the system in Iran has a monopoly on force, a well-honed security strategy that it has been working on.” , she added.
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The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported that the representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Kurdistan province, Abdolreza Pourzahabi, made a two-hour visit to the Amini family’s private home on Monday, the news agency reported. Semi-official Tasnim said, citing commentary from Pourzahabi was also reported by the state news agency.
Pourzahabi told Amini’s family “all organizations will act to protect the rights that have been violated” and he is certain that Khamenei is “also affected and hurt” by her death.
“As I have promised Ms. Amini’s family, I will also follow up on the matter of her death until the final outcome,” Pourzahabi said.
Protesters marched through Tehran’s Grand Bazaar on Monday and chanted “Mahsa Amini, Rest In Peace,” according to a video posted by the widely-followed 1500tasvir Twitter (NYSE:) account, which featured the snippet. movies they said they received from the public.
During a large demonstration in Tehran, a crowd of black-clad protesters shouted: “Oh the day we will be armed,” according to another video posted overnight by 1500tasvir.
Reuters was unable to verify the videos.
By late Tuesday, protests had spread to several other cities, mainly in northwestern Iran, according to 1500tasvir. Hengaw said there were protests in 13 cities on Monday and 250 people were arrested.
Reuters could not independently verify those reports.
In Gilan province, police arrested 22 people for destroying public property, the deputy police commander said.