Protests erupt in Iran after girl arrested for wearing hijab dies

Mahsa Amini was detained by the vice police because of the wrong hijab. A few days later, she was taken to the hospital in a coma, where she died. In the west of Iran, the motherland of the girl, protests began

Iranian police used tear gas to disperse a protest in western Iran following the funeral of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being detained by the vice police. Al Jazeera reports this.

Mahsa Amini arrived in Tehran last week and was detained by the vice police as she was leaving the subway with her brother. The reason for the detention was the incorrectly worn hijab, the wearing of which is mandatory for all women in Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

According to the channel, despite the statements of the Iranian authorities that the death of the girl came from a heart attack, large-scale protests began in the girl's hometown of Sekkeze and other cities in western Iran. People gathered around the administrative buildings and shouted anti-government slogans, and some women took off and threw their headscarves up as a sign of solidarity. In addition, a flash mob appeared on social networks, where girls burn hijabs and cut their hair.

Mazza Amini's relatives told Al Jazeera that she had no health problems. “She was taken to the hospital, where she was in a coma for several days. She was then taken off life support and declared dead. The whole country demands an investigation into what really happened,— native girls told.

The death of Mahsa Amini has already been commented on by high-ranking officials in the United States. In particular, US National Security Assistant Jake Sullivan wrote on Twitter that the girl died due to a beating by the vice police and accused Iran of violating human rights. U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Mulley called the death of the girl “terrible” and urged to find those responsible.

Instructive patrol of the Law Enforcement Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (vice police)— law enforcement agency under the control of the Iranian Interior Ministry. It was separated into a separate structure in 2005. The tasks of the Instructive Patrol include ensuring that Iranian citizens and foreign citizens in public places are properly dressed according to Sharia.

The basis for detaining women is an uncovered head, not wearing a headscarf or hijab well enough, clothes that leave the avrah uncovered, and in in some cases for “close communication with a stranger.”

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