The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran’s ethics police and leading government agencies after the death of a woman in police custody sparked protests and condemnation across the country. world.
At least nine protesters and two security force personnel have been killed in violent protests since the following weekend. The death of Mahsa Amini, 22 years old.
Ethics police arrested Ms Amini last week, saying she had not properly covered her hair with the Islamic headscarf – known as the hijab – which is a must for Iranian women. Amini collapsed at the police station and died three days later.
The US Treasury Department has designated the leaders of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, Army Ground Forces, Basij Resistance and other law enforcement agencies to be subject to sanctions – capital deny them access to their assets and bank accounts in the US.
“These officials monitor organizations that regularly use violence to suppress peaceful protesters and members of Iranian civil society, dissidents, women’s rights activists, women and members of the Iranian Baha’i community,” the Finance Ministry said in a press release.
Police say Amini died of a heart attack and deny she was mistreated, and the government has released footage that purports to show the moment she collapsed.
But her family says she has no history of heart disease, and her death in police custody prompted bold defiance from protesters, in the face of beatings. beat and could be arrested.
Independent experts affiliated with the UN said on Thursday that reports showed she had been brutally beaten by ethics police without providing evidence.
Niloufar Hamedi, a journalist who took the pictures at the hospital after Amini’s death, was arrested on Thursday, according to the reporter’s lawyer, Mohammadali Kamfirouzi.
He said her house was raided.
Unite women cutting hair
Women have taken to the streets in Tehran and across the country and many Iranians, especially young people, have come to watch her death as part of the Republic’s stern campaign against dissent. Islam and the increasingly violent treatment of young women by the ethical police.
Over the past five days, protests have become a major challenge to the government, with women removing and burning state-regulated headscarves in the streets and Iranians calling for the country’s demise. Self-proclaimed Islamic Republic.
“Die for the dictator,” was a common cry during the protests.
This is the most serious protest since 2019, when protests broke out over the government’s increase in petrol prices.
One state TV presenter suggested that the death toll from mass protests could reach 17 – but did not specify how he reached that number.
Amini’s death also sparked condemnation from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
A wave of women worldwide have uploaded videos to social media, cutting their hair out of solidarity with Iranian women.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who was in New York on Thursday to attend the UN General Assembly, condemned the crackdown and said Germany would raise the issue of violations of women’s rights at the Human Rights Council. UN rights.
“The brutal attack on brave women in Iran is also an attack on humanity,” she said.
Iran’s President asks American journalists to wear a headscarf
In New York, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took to the stage at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
CNN international curator Christiane Amanpour said she planned to confront Mr. Raisi about the protests in his first US interview, but the president backed out when she refused to wear a scarf. boss.
“We are in New York, where there are no laws or traditions regarding the headscarf. I pointed out that none of the previous Iranian presidents asked for this when I interviewed them outside of Iran,” the person said. An Anglo-Iranian host wrote next to a blank photo of Mr. Raisi. chair.
“I cannot agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition,”
“As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it will be an important time to speak with President Raisi.”