|Mahsa Amini's Death Protests, Iranian Woman Demonstrates Moral Police|
edisiindonesia.com- Tehran - The situation in Iran is heating up because of the death of a young woman named Mahsa Amini (22). The woman died after being arrested by the moral police for improperly wearing the hijab.
Mahsa Amini's death sparked massive demonstrations in Iran. Viral videos also circulated on Twitter when Iranian women dared to open their hijabs. Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, even supports the struggle of Iranian women.
Reported by VOA Indonesia, Thursday (22/9/2022), videos of netizens posted on social media appear to show the latest anti-government protests that took place in at least 16 of 31 provinces on Tuesday. It's a big jump from the few provinces initially seen in protest videos on social media in the previous four days.
VOA was unable to independently verify the nearly week-long protests because it was barred from reporting inside Iran.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the government was not surprised by protests raging in Iran over the death of a policeman detained by the country's moral police last week.
Sullivan said, “We are not surprised to see people from all walks of life coming out in Iran to vehemently oppose it and say this is not the society they want. This is inconsistent with any state's obligations under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And this is something that the United States will strongly and resolutely oppose, as I did before and again I am doing now."
Protest Keeps Burning
The protests began last Friday after the hospital confirmed the 22-year-old's death. Amini is an Iranian Kurdish minority who lives in the city of Saqez, Kurdistan province, Northwest Iran.
Her family members reported that Iran's moral police arrested Amini during her visit to Tehran on September 13. They said police accused Amini of not wearing her hijab properly, and took her to the police station where she was reportedly in a coma while in detention with other women.
Amini's relatives accused Iranian police of molesting her in custody and rushing to bury her in Saqez on Saturday without releasing the autopsy results.
Authorities deny molesting Amini and say her death was of a heart attack. Her family said Amini had no history of heart problems.
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