The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, downplayed the protests over the death of a young woman after being arrested for improperly wearing the veil, assuring that they are something “normal” and that in the country there is freedom to express any opinion, but making it clear that “vandalism” will not be allowed.
Regarding the death of Mahsa Amini, Raisi said that as soon as he could, he spoke with his family and insisted that his death is being investigated and that the case is in the hands of the judiciary.
In any case, he stressed that the coroner’s report showed no signs of abuse or beatings and that some investigations that have been carried out point in the same direction.
The Iranian leader, asked at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, stressed that many political and social issues are discussed in Iran and that there is no problem when someone opposes something.
“But we have to differentiate between demonstrations and vandalism,” Raisi said, according to the English interpretation of his words.
As he had already done in his speech before the United Nations, he again denounced that his country is the victim of “double standards” and criticized international organizations and countries that have expressed concern about this episode and not about similar cases in other places.
As an example, he pointed to the numerous deaths of civilians at the hands of police officers that occur in the United States.
At least 17 people have died in the demonstrations that have shaken Iran for six days over the death of the 22-year-old, according to state television.
The protests began on Friday after learning of the death of Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the Moral Police for wearing the veil wrong and have been spreading throughout the country
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The Iranian authorities blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp, after six days of protests over the death of a young woman detained by the morality police in which 17 people have died, according to the balance of a state media.
Yesterday at the UN General Assembly in New York, US President Joe Biden expressed his solidarity with the “brave women” of Iran.
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