Death of Mahsa Amini: Iran confirms the death of 300 people since the start of the unrest

Iranian authorities have for the first time reported the deaths of more than 300 people in the unrest following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, after her arrest by vice police in mid-September.

The September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, arrested for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, sparked a wave of protests, first in the provinces and then in Tehran, which were suppressed by the forces of the Islamic Republic. ‘order.

“Everyone in the country has been affected by the death of this lady. I don’t have the latest statistics, but I think we had maybe more than 300 martyrs and people killed among the best children in this country as a result of this incident, « said, referring to the forces of the order and to the demonstrators, General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the aerospace force of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of Iran, in a video posted online by the Mehr news agency.

In this report are dozens of members of the security forces killed in clashes with demonstrators or assassinated, according to the Iranian authorities.

This assessment is similar to that disseminated by the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Norway, which reports at least 416 people dead “in the repression of demonstrations in Iran”.

According to this organization, this figure includes those killed in the demonstrations linked to the death of Mahsa Amini and those who lost their lives in violence in Sistan-Balochistan, a province in the south-east of Iran.

Thousands of Iranians and around 40 foreigners have also been arrested and more than 2,000 people have been charged, according to judicial authorities.

Human rights organizations abroad report a much higher number of arrests.

Among the defendants, six were sentenced to death at first instance and their fate now depends on the Supreme Court which must rule on their appeal.

Released detainees

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the law requires all women to wear a veil covering the head and neck while concealing the hair, and the morality police patrol public places to verify the proper application of these rules.

However, over the past two decades, more and more women in Tehran and other major cities are letting strands of hair, or even more, stick out of their veils.

In this context, the death of Mahsa Amini sent shock waves through the population.

Its effects are felt including in sport when « Team Melli », the national team of Iran, is to face the United States on Tuesday evening in Doha.

This match, between two countries which have no longer had diplomatic relations since 1980, promises to be a highlight of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with qualification for the round of 16 at stake, but also a highly political duel.

On Tuesday, justice announced the release of more than 1,100 detainees, after the victory Friday of the Iranian selection against Wales.

« Following the order of the head of the judiciary after the victory of the national team, 1156 prisoners were released from prisons in 20 provinces of the country », announced the agency of the Judiciary, Mizan Onlinespecifying that this figure includes detainees from the protest movement.

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