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The 22-year-old died of brain trauma, called ‘re-education’ by the police, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

All Arab News

September 20, 2022

Protests and videos of women removing their headscarves and chopping off their hair have spread across Iran after a 22-year-old woman woman died in police custody, arrested for not wearing her hijab, or headscarf, per the Islamic Republic’s strict regulations.

Mahsan Amini, fell into a coma and died of brain trauma after her arrest on Friday by Iran’s “morality police,” Iran International said.

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The Center for Human Rights in Iran told the media that Amini was in Tehran to visit relatives at the time of the arrest and that “Amini’s family was told that she was being taken for ‘re-education’ and would be released later that night.”

After allegedly being beaten while in custody on Tuesday, Amini reportedly lost consciousness for two hours before being taken to the hospital. But police claimed that Amini had a sudden heart problem and that was the reason for her death. A cause of death will be determined after several weeks, government officials said.

Amnesty International called for a criminal investigation into the “circumstances leading to the suspicious death … which include allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in custody.”

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Iran protests spread, death toll rises as internet curbed

Sept 22 2022

  • Unrest has swept Iran since young woman died in custody
  • At least eight people have been killed
  • Access curbed to Instagram, WhatsApp, internet partly cut
  • Social media video shows protests spreading across Iran

DUBAI, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities and a Kurdish rights group reported rising death tolls on Wednesday as anger at the death of a woman detained by the morality police fuelled protests for a fifth day and fresh restrictions were placed on social media.

Iranian media and a local prosecutor said four people were killed in the last two days, bringing the total death toll according to official sources to eight, including a member of the police and a pro-government militia member.

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Videos shared on social media have shown demonstrators damaging symbols of the Islamic Republic and confronting security forces.

One showed a man scaling the facade of the town hall in the northern city of Sari and tearing down an image of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic after the 1979 revolution.

On Wednesday in Tehran, hundreds shouted "death to the dictator" at Tehran University, a video shared by 1500tasvir showed. Reuters could not verify the video's authenticity.

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Sep 27, 2022 Death toll from Iranian riots 'tops 75' as protests continue to rage 11 days after Mahsa Amini died following arrest for not wearing her hijab properly

Women burn hijabs and chop off hair in Kurdish-controlled Syrian north, protesting the killing of Mahsa Amini in Iran. This comes as the death toll from riots 'tops 75' as protests continue to rage on.

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Tehran Attacks Kurds in Response to Mass Protests in Iran

Seth J. Frantzman
The Jerusalem Post
September 27, 2022

The Iranian regime, knowing it can't attack Western powers who have expressed support for recent protests across the Islamic Republic, has decided to attack Iran's Kurdish minority in response.

Iran's decision to target Kurds is not a surprise. It is trying to distract from the murder of Mahsa Amini, the woman whose death at the hands of Iran's police led to the protests. Amini was a Kurd from western Iran.

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Why is Iran doing this?

The regime has tried to blame the West for stoking the protests, but the regime can't attack the West. In addition, the regime is pushing talk of a new Iran deal, and thus can't attack the West when it wants sanctions relief.

The Iranian regime is cracking down on the Kurdistan region in Iran. However, it fears that if it cracks down too harshly that it could provoke a more widespread rebellion.

Iran's regime knows it is hated by groups across Iran, from minority Kurdish, Azeri, Baloch and other groups, to Farsi speakers in Tehran. It can't fight all the opposition at once. The regime survives by fighting one group at a time. That is how the center survives while keeping the periphery on edge. This is why Iran has been bombarding the Kurdistan autonomous region in Iraq.

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Iran president says 'chaos' will not be accepted as protests continue

David Gritten
BBC News

Sept. 29 2022

Iran's president has warned that he will not accept "chaos", as authorities continue to crack down on protests that have swept across the country since the death in custody of a young woman.

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The first protest took place after her funeral in Saqez on 17 September, when women were filmed waving their headscarves in the air.

Similar demonstrations were staged elsewhere in the Kurdish-populated north-west and in Tehran, before the unrest reached dozens of other cities and evolved into the most serious challenge to the establishment in years.

Videos have shown women burning their headscarves and cutting their hair in public to chants of "Women, life, freedom" and "Death to the dictator" - a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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On Thursday morning, the governor of Tehran province declared that "the recent riots have ended", despite footage posted online appearing to show people protesting in a number of districts overnight.

The prominent female singer Mona Borzouei was also reportedly arrested on Wednesday evening, after she posted a poem in support of the demonstrations.

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Analysis: Iran leaders in 'disarray' struggle to close ranks over protests

 Parisa Hafezi

Sept 30 2022

  • Succession power struggle complicates unrest response
  • Hardliners fear uprising by ethnic minorities
  • Rights groups dispute official death toll
  • Say thousands arrested in Iran, hundreds injured
  • Iran leaders indecisive on how to end unrest - analysts

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Sep 30, 2022 Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, dies in police custody three days after her arrest on a hijab infraction. Once again the streets erupt in protest, according to The New York Times, because Iranians have nothing left to lose. It's not just that "morality police" have killed another young woman, but that she was arrested in the first place. Will the U.S. and her allies respond forcefully this time, or (once again) mumble admonitions as when Neda Soltan was slaughtered on camera in 2009?

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Moral Clarity, from the clowns in the WH? Hold on to that dream.

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As Women in Iran Are Shot Down While Fighting for Their Rights, the Squad Has Little to Say

What’s happening in Iran is the biggest women’s rights protest ever in the Islamic world. Yet the response from some of the leading feminists in the United States, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, has been strikingly muted. Each one has made what can be characterized at best as a tepid, pro forma response, one that contrasts sharply with their statements and actions during the Trump administration. It looks as if each one of these women regards Donald Trump as a far greater threat to women than the Islamic Republic of Iran is.

AOC tweeted on September 23: “Solidarity with the courageous women and allies in Iran protesting for their freedom. Mahsa Amini was senselessly murdered by the same patriarchal and autocratic forces repressing women the world over. The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care.” She also retweeted a tweet from Yassmin Abdel-Magid, a hijab-wearing Muslim writer in Australia: “To be (hijabi) or not be (hijabi) is the business of no state or man. Solidarity with women resisting patriarchal control, the world over.” Tlaib, meanwhile, retweeted AOC’s statement, and Omar retweeted Abdel-Magid’s. That’s it in terms of the public reactions of this trio to the uprising for women’s rights in Iran.:snip:

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1 hour ago, Geee said:

As Women in Iran Are Shot Down While Fighting for Their Rights, the Squad Has Little to Say

What’s happening in Iran is the biggest women’s rights protest ever in the Islamic world. Yet the response from some of the leading feminists in the United States, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, has been strikingly muted.

This says A Great Deal about the Progressive Left today. None of this is Good. They can't come out and support this, because it doesn't help their goal. That goal being the destruction of The West.

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