Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered further investigations into the death of 22-year-old Mohseh Amini. Demonstrations have continued in the country for days due to the death of the woman who died when she was arrested.
Amini was arrested on Friday by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice because she did not adhere to the Islamic dress code. The police allegedly hit her on the head, and she subsequently died at the police station. Police deny and say the woman died of natural causes.
On Thursday, Raisi reiterated the coroner’s conclusion that Amini had not been beaten. “But I don’t want to jump to conclusions,” he said at a news conference in New York. The president is there for the United Nations General Assembly.
The president is also angry at the US sanctions against Iran’s morals squad. The West was accused of “double standards” on Thursday. He pointed out that many civilians are killed by the American police every year. “Why are there no studies then?”
The largest protests have been taking place in the country in years. Raisi stressed that there is freedom of expression in Iran, but the chaos is “unacceptable”.
Iranian authorities warned Thursday that it is illegal to attend demonstrations after Amini’s death. Protesters will be prosecuted. So far, 17 people have been killed in the protests. Among them are civilians and police officers.
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