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Protests in Iran after woman dies after arrest by vice squad


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Protests have erupted in Iran after the death of a young woman. Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested at the beginning of this week by the vice squad for allegedly failing to comply with Iranian rules that require a woman to cover her head.

Women have been required to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes since the 1979 Iranian revolution. In recent months, Iranian human rights activists have called on women to take off their hijabs in public areas to defend their own rights. However, this is a violation of the Islamic dress code and is considered ‘immoral behaviour’. Not wearing a hijab or not wearing it correctly can lead to a heavy-handed arrest.

Amini would also have been arrested in this heavy-handed way. According to eyewitnesses, the woman was assaulted in a police van after her arrest. The police contradict this and state that the woman had a heart attack when she was taken to the police station to be ‘educated’.

Amini was taken to hospital where she later died. Images circulated on social media of Amini in her hospital bed, with a severely swollen face, suggesting that she had actually been abused.

Amina’s death stirs up a lot of tension among the people of Iran. Yesterday people took to the streets in Tehran. Videos have been posted on social media in which protesters shout “death to the dictator” . Drivers expressed their support for the protests with loud honking.

Human rights organization Amnesty believes that the case should be investigated. US envoy to Iran Robert Malley also wants clarification. “Those responsible for her death must be held accountable,” he tweeted.

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