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World Iran's supreme leader says Mahsa Amini's death 'deeply broke my heart'

17:31  03 october  2022
17:31  03 october  2022 Source:   news.sky.com

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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said the death of Mahsa Amini "deeply broke my heart".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei © Reuters Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Speaking at a military ceremony on Monday, Mr Khamenei described the 22-year-old woman's death in custody as a "bitter incident".

Ms Amini died after being arrested by Iran's morality police for allegedly breaking the country's strict Islamic dress code. Her family have claimed she was tortured.

'Not ordinary Iranians'

After some of the biggest protests in years broke out as a result, the supreme leader blamed the riots on "the United States and the Zionist regime".

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He said they were "planned" by people who are "not ordinary Iranians", adding that the security forces policing them have faced "injustice".

"The duty of our security forces, including police, is to ensure the safety of the Iranian nation. The ones who attack

the police are leaving Iranian citizens defenceless against thugs, robbers and extortionists," he said.

Dozens dead since protests broke out

Protesters have taken to the streets across 31 Iranian provinces - and other countries including Turkey, Lebanon, and France - in defiance of the Islamic republic's treatment of women.

They have played a dominant role in the demonstrations, publicly cutting their hair, removing and burning their veils.

Iranian state TV claims 41 demonstrators have died since protests began on 17 September, but Norway-based group Iran Human Rights estimates the figure to be much higher at 133.

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A 23-year-old TikTok star named Hadis Najafi was among those shot dead.

Mobile phone footage from near Tehran's prominent Sharif University shows security forces using tear gas and people trying to escape gunfire.

Speaking on Sunday, Iran's parliamentary speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf warned that the protests could destabilise the country.

The country's hard-line president Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into Ms Amini's death and threatened to crack down on those causing unrest.

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  Activists protest in Manhattan for women in Iran, against the NYT Dozens of young Iranians and Americans gathered Tuesday in front of The New York Times building in Manhattan to demonstrate for the rights of women in Iran, and to decry "bias" at the paper. The Iranian told AFP the demonstrators were also protesting "bias and selective narrative" in The New York Times' coverage of Iran in recent years. "We also think that they don't have a neutral position and so we think that it's good to come to here and protest," Farahani said.The protesters singled out Farnaz Fassihi, a New York-based reporter for the Times who is covering the crisis in Iran.

He has previously blamed foreign powers for the protests, claiming last week that foreign nationals were among those arrested in connection with them.

What happened to Mahsa Amini?

Ms Amini was arrested on 13 September for wearing her hijab too loosely, which is deemed as "unsuitable attire" under Iran's Islamic dress code.

She died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma.

While details of her post-mortem have not been released, her family have said she was "tortured" and claims a report from the hospital shows she "suffered a concussion from a blow to the head".

Iranian police claim Ms Amini died of a heart attack and deny she was beaten to death in custody.

Independent experts affiliated with the United Nations say reports suggested she was severely beaten by the morality police, without offering evidence.

Death of Mahsa Amini: The powerful gesture of Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani ... .
53 Personalities from the French artistic world have broadcast a clip in which they cut a wick of hair in support of the Iranian women, who are demonstrating at the moment for Their rights after the death of Mahsa Amini. © Allociné Death of Mahsa Amini: The powerful gesture of Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani ... on September 16, Mahsa Amini, a 22 -year -old student, died after her arrest by the police of the manners in Tehran for Poorly tidy hair under her veil.

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