Eight dead in protests in Iran after the death of a young man detained by morality police

Since the beginning of the protests until today Wednesday, at least eight demonstrators are estimated dead in Iran.

Public anger erupted when authorities announced the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Friday, following her arrest by the morality police, charged with enforcing a strict dress code for women, particularly veils. in public.

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The young Iranian woman was in a coma after her arrest and died on Friday, three days after being hospitalized.

According to the Iranian authorities, the young woman died of natural causes, but activists and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights affirm that she was violently beaten on the head and against a police vehicle.

On Wednesday, Iranian state media reported that, in the fifth night of street protests in 15 cities, police used tear gas and made arrests to disperse crowds of up to a thousand people.

Ismail Zarei Koosha, governor of Iranian Kurdistan, the young woman’s home province, said Tuesday that three people were killed in the protests, without specifying when.

Like other authorities, he blamed the deaths on “an enemy plot.”

Meanwhile, Kurdistan Police Commander Ali Azadi announced the death of another person, according to the Tasnim news agency.

In addition, two other protesters died in Kermanshah province, said the prosecutor for that region, Shahram Karami, accusing “counterrevolutionary agents,” according to quotes collected by the FARS agency.

Finally, the group for the defense of Kurdish rights Hengaw, based in Norway, indicated on Wednesday that two other protesters, aged 16 and 23, had died during the early hours in the province of Western Azerbaijan.

Hengaw also reported that some 450 people had been injured and nearly 500 arrested, figures that could not be verified with an independent source.

Protesters threw stones at security forces and set fire to police vehicles and containers, the official IRNA news agency reported, reporting rallies in cities including Mashhad, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz.

Internet access was restricted, according to monitoring group Netblocks.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, an ultra-conservative, accused the West in New York of having “double standards” on women’s rights.

As Raisi told the UN General Assembly, Westerners only have their attention “on one side and not all”, referring to the deaths of women from indigenous peoples in Canada and Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories.

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Some demonstrations that suppose a “tremendous impact, a crisis in the Iranian society”, indicated the expert in the Islamic Republic David Rigoulet-Roze, of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs.

“It is difficult to know what the outcome will be but there is a disconnect between the authorities, with their DNA from the 1979 Islamic revolution, and an increasingly secularized society,” he explained.

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“What is being called into question is a whole social project. And the authorities are showing doubts about how to act against this movement,” he added.

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