The Islamic Republic of Iran is grappling with massive protests. Iranian people, especially women, protested the death of a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini.
On Friday (6/23/2022), AP News reported that at least 26 people had died. Iranian women bravely remove their headscarves in public in protest.
The moral police have also become the target of protests. Because they arrested Mahsa Amini because of the hijab issue.
Here is the timeline of the Mahsa Amini case as summarized by various sources:
September 13, 2022: Wrong wearing of hijab
According to a report by AP News, Mahsa Amini was arrested on September 13 in Tehran. He’s not really an Iranian, but just a visitor from the Kurdish region in western Iran.
The reason she was arrested by the moral police was that she was not wearing the hijab properly. In accordance with the provisions in force in Iran.
September 16, 2022: Lost Lives
Mahsa Amini collapsed at the police station. Three days later, he was declared dead.
Police deny abusing Mahsa Amini. The woman’s cause of death was due to heart problems.
However, Amnesty Iran said Mahsa Amini’s death was suspicious. They asked for a criminal investigation for the moral police.
“All responsible officers and officials must face justice,” Amnesty Iran wrote on Twitter. Community protests have begun.
September 17, 2022: Funeral
Al Arabiya reported that Mahsa Amini was buried on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Protests also broke out on the day of the funeral.
Protesters gathered in Saqez, the town where Mahsa Amini lives. They condemned the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khomenei.
September 18, 2022: Iranian President calls victim’s family
On Sunday (18/9), Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called Mahsa Amini’s family. According to information published on the Iran International website, the government has promised to resolve the matter.
“Your daughter and all Iranian girls are also my children, and the feeling of this incident is like losing my dearest children,” she said.
September 19, 2022: Police vs. Victim’s father
The victim’s father, Amjad Amini, admitted that his daughter was beaten while she was in the police car. This is different from the police statement that Mahsa Amini died from heart problems.
“We don’t know how he was beaten. The women in the ambulance said he was hit on the head,” Amjad Amini told Kurdish media Rudaw.
Amjad Amini also pointed out that the news on Iranian television that his daughter had collapsed due to illness was a hoax.
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