Zhina Amini's death sparks protest in Iran

9/18/2022 5:19:20 PM
 Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested by morality police for violating the country’s hijab law.
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At least 13 people were injured in demonstrations in Tehran and several other cities in Kurdish and other Iranian cities at the death of Zhina Amini.

The people of Saqiz marched to the governor's office after the burial of Zhina Amini's body in Aichi cemetery.

At least 13 people were injured in clashes between citizens and security forces in a series of protests that broke out after the burial of Zhina in her home city of Saqiz. Zhina is sometimes named Mahsa Amini in Iranian and some Arabic media outlets. 

The death of Zhina Amini sparked protests in other cities in East Kurdistan and Tehran University. Civil society organizations in Rojhelat and other parts of Iran have called for a general strike on Monday.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called Amini's family, expressed his condolences, and promised to investigate the incident, the official presidential website said. 

"I have ordered the incident to be investigated carefully so that no right is violated. Your daughter and all Iranian girls are my children. I feel like losing one of my loved ones," Iranian president Ibrahim Riasi told Amini's relatives, the official website of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported

Zhina Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish student from Saqiz, was arrested by the morality police on November 13 during a family visit to Tehran for not complying with the hijab law. 

His relatives were informed hours later that he had suffered a stroke. He died in a hospital in Tehran on Friday and was buried in a public ceremony in Saqiz.

Women arrested with Amini reported that Amini was beaten in the detention van, an allegation the police deny. The police maintain that Amini suffered a heart attack, an account of events not accepted by Amini's family.


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