Mahsa Amini Death Rally in Iran Claims 50 Lives

Mahsa Amini

The wave of protests, which has lasted six consecutive nights, is a form of outrage over Mahsa Amini’s death.

The demonstrations that turned violent in Iran are in the spotlight around the world. Protesters in the capital Tehran and other cities took to the streets in defense of Mahsa Amini, setting fire to police stations and vehicles belonging to the authorities.

The wave of protests, which has lasted six consecutive nights, is a form of outrage over Mahsa Amini’s death.

According to IranWire, Mahsa Amini is a 22-year-old woman from Saghez City, Kurdistan Province. She is a progressive woman who loves to read.

Her family describes the second of three children as a sweet, well-traveled girl with a passion for ethnic Kurdish music and art.

On Friday, September 16, 2022 local time, Mahsa Amini died in hospital after three days in a coma. The death of a woman born on July 22, 2000 began when she and her family traveled to Tehran to visit relatives on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Upon entering the entrance of Haqqani Highway, he was apprehended by a moral police patrol.

Mahsa Amini was arrested for allegedly violating hijab rules. Shortly after, he was rushed to the hospital as he fell into a coma.

Local media outlet Iran International reported that Mahsa Amini suffered several blows to the head. The family also said officers beat him in the police car after his arrest.

On the other hand, the police rejected the allegations, saying Mahsa Amini was taken to the hospital for a heart attack. In fact, his family said he had no history of heart disease.

After being in a coma for three days, Mahsa Amini was finally declared dead at Kasra Hospital in North Tehran on Friday, September 16, 2022.

“The circumstances leading to the suspicious death in custody of 22-year-old young woman Mahsa Amini, which include allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in custody, should be criminally investigated,” Amnesty International said.

This incident sparked a wave of demonstrations in Iran. The protesters strongly condemned the actions taken by the Iranian moral police patrol.

The demonstration, which lasted six consecutive nights, was also a protest movement against the mandatory hijab rule imposed in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

50 People Said Killed in Mahsa Amini Death Protest

50 People Said Killed in Protest of Mahsa Amini’s Death in Iran

At least 50 people have died at the hands of police as a result of a crackdown by Iranian security forces at a rally protesting the death of a young woman named Mahsa Amini. The protests continued and entered their eighth day after Amini was announced dead in moral police custody last week.

As reported by AFP, Saturday (24/9/2022), the figure was reported by the Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights (IHR). The death toll rose after six people were shot dead by security forces in the town of Revanshahr, Gilan Province, on Thursday (22/9) evening, IHR said.

Additional deaths were recorded in similar protests in the Babol and Amol regions, located in northern Iran.

“At least 50 people have been killed so far, and people continue to protest for their basic rights and dignity,” IHR Director Mahmood Miry-Moghaddam told AFP.

“The international community must support the Iranian people against one of the most repressive regimes of our era,” he added.

Demonstrations protesting Amini’s death, according to IHR, are now taking place in around 80 cities and other urban centers since they began a week ago.

In its report, IHR also highlighted deaths in protests in the Kurdistan region, which is Amini’s hometown.

Meanwhile, the death toll officially reported by Iranian authorities currently stands at 17, including five security personnel.

President Ebrahim Raisi also warned the protesters not to provoke chaos in their actions.

“There is freedom of expression in Iran … but actions that incite chaos are unacceptable,” Raisi stressed at a press conference on the sidelines of attending the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, United States (US), on Thursday (Sept 22) local time.

The recent protests have been the largest protests that have taken place in Iran since 2019. Women played an important role in the rally, where they were busy removing and burning their hijabs.

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