Iranian police say Mahsa Amini’s death ‘unfortunate’ as protesters take to the streets

Amini, 22, who was arrested and detained by Iranian vice police in Tehran on Tuesday, died after falling into a coma on Friday.

CCTV footage released by Iranian state media appeared to show her collapsing at a “re-education” center where she had been taken by vice squad for “advice” on how to dress.

“This incident is unfortunate for us and we wish never to witness such incidents,” Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi said in a press briefing on Monday.

Rahimi said “false charges” were made against Iranian police and that Amini was not physically harmed during and after her arrest.

He added that the police had “done everything” to keep her alive.

Woman, 22, days after falling into a coma while in Iranian morality police custody

Iranian officials say Amini died after suffering a ‘heart attack’ following her arrest on Tuesday, but her family say she had no pre-existing heart condition, according to Emtedad News, a pro Iranian media outlet. -reform that would have spoken to Amini’s father.

Students took to the streets in Tehran on Monday demanding justice and accountability for Amini’s death as protesters clashed with police in Iranian towns in northwestern Kurdistan province over the weekend, reports said. announced semi-official news agencies.

A video circulating on social media showed women in Tehran taking off their hijabs and waving them while chanting “death to the dictator” on Monday. Another video showed a motorbike burning in a street near where the capital’s court building is located.

A video, broadcast by Iranian state television, shows the alleged moment Mahsa Amini, 22, facing the camera in the red circle, collapses after being arrested by the

Fars, a government-aligned news agency, released a video showing protesters demonstrating in Kurdistan’s provincial capital, Sanandaj, late Sunday and chanting slogans against those responsible.

According to Fars, protesters were “unconvinced” by the police justification for Amini’s death, saying she died “under torture”.

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters after Amini’s funeral ceremony in his hometown of Saqqez on Saturday, Fars said, while protesters demanding answers allegedly threw rocks at the governor’s office, according to reports. semi-official information from Mehr.

At least 38 people were injured during protests in the two cities, according to a report released Sunday by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, a Norwegian-registered organization that monitors rights abuses in Iran.

On Friday, US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley took to Twitter to call on Iran to “end its inappropriate violence against women for exercising their human rights.”

“Those responsible for his death should be held accountable,” he added.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said he “categorically rejects any interventionist statements by US authorities regarding Iran’s internal affairs.”

“If the U.S. government is concerned about the Iranian nation, it should lift its cruel, unilateral, and decades-long illegal blockade against the Iranian nation,” he added.