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Iran: at least fifty dead in repressed demonstrations, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights – Le Monde


Riot police disperse the crowd during a demonstration against the death of Mahsa Amini, in central Tehran, Iran, September 19. WANA NEWS AGENCY / VIA REUTERS At least fifty people have been killed in Iran since the start of demonstrations to protest the death of a woman detained by the morality police, according to a report by the NGO Iran Human Rights, press release Friday 23 september. Thursday, the organization, based in Oslo, had already mentioned a balance sheet of at least thirty-one dead, while the Iranian authorities acknowledged the death of seventeen people – while denying any involvement of the security forces. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers In Iran, the repression behind closed doors: “My cousin’s body and face are covered in bruises, but she refuses to tell” The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked sharp condemnations around the world as international NGOs denounced a “brutal” crackdown on protests and the Iranian president promised an investigation. The young woman, originally from Kurdistan, was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothes” by the morality police, a unit responsible for enforcing the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where women must cover their hair and are not allowed to wear short coats above the knee, tight pants or jeans with holes. She died on September 16 in hospital. Activists said she was fatally shot in the head, but Iranian officials denied this and announced an investigation. Counter-rally in Tehran Demonstrations broke out immediately after the announcement of his death. Since then, they have spread to fifteen cities, as far as Qom, south-west of Tehran, a religious and very conservative city. In response, a counter-rally broke out on Friday, September 23 in Tehran, at the call of the Islamic Development Coordination Council. In front of the university, about a hundred meters from Hejab (“scarf” in Persian) street, where opponents of the morality police gather every evening, supporters of the compulsory wearing of the veil made their voices heard by brandishing the Iranian flag and placards of support and thanks to law enforcement. The World with AFP



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