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Iran’s president says Mahsa Amini death must be investigated as protests grow | Iran

The custodial death of an Iranian woman, which sparked widespread protests, must be investigated “resolutely,” the Iranian president said.

Ebrahim Raishi told a news conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly that Masa Amini’s death in Moral Police custody “must certainly be investigated”.

“I contacted her family at the first opportunity and promised them that I would continue to be resolute in investigating the incident…our primary concern is to protect the rights of all citizens. .”

He said the authorities were doing what was needed in Amini’s death and that responsibility now rests in the hands of the judiciary.

Rights groups fear at least 31 people have died in six days of protests that sparked the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman.

On Thursday, protesters set fire to police stations and vehicles in several cities, while Iran cut off the internet in parts of Tehran and Kurdistan, blocking access to platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp to spread the virus. tried to curb the protest movement.

Iranian women took to the streets and the Internet to burn their scarves and cut their hair.

Amini was detained on suspicion of wearing a hijab headscarf in an “improper” manner. Activists said a Kurdish woman whose first name was Gina had been fatally shot in the head, but the authorities who announced the investigation denied the allegations. Her family suspects she was beaten and tortured.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses a news conference in New York on Thursday. Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP

On Thursday, Raishi tried to turn the tide in the country he was visiting, asking about police shootings in the US.

The extent of Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in years, continues as protesters in more than a dozen cities vent their anger at social repression and the country’s growing crisis, and are confronted by security and paramilitary forces. so it remains unknown.

Speaking formally at the plenary session on Wednesday, Raisi said bad things have happened to people everywhere at the hands of authorities, vaguely referring to the US and the UK. He demanded “same standards” around the world in dealing with such deaths at the hands of authorities.

Raisi’s comparison points to the common approach of Iran’s leaders, who often point to Western society and its “hegemony” when faced with accusations of rights violations, and demand that those countries be held accountable as well. It reflects the

Raisi, who headed the country’s judiciary before becoming president, said the investigation into Amini’s death was ultimately conducted there.

The protests have escalated into open challenges to the government, with some Iranians demanding the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself. It’s the deadliest demonstration since protests erupted in 2019 over the government’s petrol price hike.

While not outright condemning the protests, Raishi said: Demonstrations are good at expressing specific problems. ”

The US on Thursday imposed sanctions on leaders of the Morality Police and other Iranian security services, saying they “routinely use violence to suppress peaceful protesters.”

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