Continued protests against the death of Mehsa Amini
Ariyai Community News Agency – Today, Saturday 26 September, Mehsa (Gina) Amini’s funeral was held under security conditions in “Aichi” cemetery in Saqqez. At the same time, a number of citizens protesting the death of Ms. Amini held a protest rally in parts of Saqqez and Sanandaj. Their gathering turned violent with the intervention of the police, firing tear gas and bullets at the protesters, and a number of citizens were injured.
According to the news agency of the Aryan community, the funeral ceremony of Mehsa (Zina) Amini was held in Saqqez today, Saturday 26 September.
At the same time, a number of citizens protesting the death of Ms. Amini held a protest rally in parts of Saqqez and Sanandaj. At least one citizen, whose identity has been confirmed as “Kian Derakhshan”, was injured by direct fire during the rally in front of the Saqqez governor’s building. As of the time of writing this report, there is no accurate information about his condition. Also, pictures of wounded bodies caused by the shooting of bullets have been published on social networks. News of the beating of protesting citizens in Sanandaj has also been published. It is said that the agents in Sanandaj have searched the mobile phones of a number of protesters and deleted the recorded images of these gatherings. On the other hand, videos of tear gas being fired in response to people’s protest gatherings in Saqqez and Sanandah have been published. At the same time, the Fars news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in a report confirming this news, announced: “The people present in this gathering were dispersed by the presence of police forces and the firing of tear gas.” This is not the first time that the police and security forces in Iran use this method to suppress protests. In addition, reports have been published indicating the arrest of several protesting citizens during today’s rally in Saqqez. However, Mehdi Ramezani, the deputy governor of Kurdistan, pointed out that no one was killed in Saqez city and claimed: “Several people who threw stones in front of the governor of this city were wounded superficially. Several police officers have also been wounded superficially, but the general condition of all of them, both the people and the officers, is good and they are being treated.”
Ham Mihan newspaper published a report this morning about the intervention of security forces during the funeral ceremony of Mehsa (Zina) Amini and wrote: “From the beginning, security forces insisted that Mehsa Amini’s body be buried earlier than the scheduled time and at 8:00 AM.” This has been hindered by Mrs. Amini’s family and they did not allow her body to be taken out of the ambulance. Also, in this event, Leila Enayatzadeh, a women’s rights activist from Saqqez, read a statement on behalf of the women of Kurdistan and said: “Gesht Ershad must gather.” Equality of rights between men and women is not possible without the cooperation of men. Also, Mehsa Amini’s uncle said during this ceremony: “We will not be short and we will not bow down.”
Earlier, a source close to Amini’s family had informed about the intervention and implementation of the opinion of the security forces regarding the printing of Mehsa’s obituary and the time of her funeral and said: “Yesterday, Mrs. Amini’s family printed the announcement of their child’s funeral. After a few hours, the security forces contacted them and said that the Mahsa survivors are not allowed to do anything without coordinating with them; The agents threatened that the time of the funeral ceremony mentioned in the announcement should be changed from 10:30 am to 8 am; Mahsa’s family, who are in a very bad state of mind, had to accept this order and started to publish the burial notice of their child again.
Protesters during and after the funeral ceremony in Saqqez and Sanandaj chanted slogans such as “Death to the dictator/Killing for the sake of a scarf, how long will this soil remain on the head/Death to the mercenary/Death to Khamenei/Saqqez is not alone, Sanandaj is the supporter.” Saqqez is dishonorable, dishonorable, women, life, freedom, death penalty, stop executions, I will kill whoever killed my sister” they chanted. The “NetBlocks” website, which monitors the speed and limitations of internet access in different parts of the world, announced on the evening of Friday, 25 September, while confirming the “extensive interruption of the internet in Iran”: at the same time as the death of Mahsa Amini and the citizens’ protest against this incident. “Reviewing the data confirms that Internet connections in Iran have decreased to 67% of the usual amount.” Also, today there have been reports from Saqqez and Sanandaj about outages or widespread disruptions in mobile internet.
In addition, today Tehran’s Kasri Hospital published a statement stating that Mehsa Amini was transferred to Kasri Hospital “without vital signs and in a brain dead state”. A part of the said statement states: “Mehsa Amini was referred to Kasri Hospital at 20:22 on Tuesday, 22 September. Despite cardiac resuscitation, he suffered a cardiac arrest again on Friday and died.” Kasri Hospital also wrote in its statement that “Mahsa Amini’s body was taken to the forensics for further investigation after death.” However, this statement was removed from the hospital’s Instagram page hours later without any explanation.
While Mehdi Frouzesh, Director General of Tehran’s Forensic Medicine, stated today that: “Due to conducting numerous tests on Mehsa Amini’s body, the cause of death will be announced within the next three weeks.” The Fars news agency affiliated with the security agencies, while implicitly rejecting the beating of Mahsa Amini during her detention, claimed: “In the brain CT scan, symptoms of hydrocephalus (previous complication) were reported. At the age of five, he had a brain tumor operation and was suffering from epilepsy and type 1 diabetes.”
These statements are made before the definitive opinion of the forensic doctor and in a situation where Mrs. Amini’s mother denied that her daughter suffered from any underlying heart disease in an interview with the website. Also, the family, Mehsa Amini’s uncle, in a conversation with Etemad, denied having any underlying disease of his niece and said: “We have a medical record of Mehsa and we can present that Mehsa was completely healthy.”
It should be noted that yesterday in parts of Tehran, after the news of Mrs. Amini’s death, protest gatherings took place, during which Leila Mirghafari, a civil activist, was arrested and taken to the Tehran Security Police detention center. Javad Heydarian, a journalist, published an article on his personal account and announced his short-term arrest for stopping in front of Kasri Hospital. He witnessed the arrest of 15 other citizens, including five men and ten women. In addition, BBC Farsi, quoting an eyewitness in the suburbs of Kasri Hospital in Tehran, wrote that “he heard the sound of gunfire and there is a heavy presence of motorcycle officers in this area.” Videos of this matter have also been published, which confirm the statements of this eyewitness.
Reactions to the death of Mehsa Amini
The arrest and then the death of Mehsa Amini, under the pretext of combating hijab, faced a wide reaction of public opinion and some figures.
Javed Rahman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, expressed regret and displeasure over “the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran with Mahsa Amini” and considered this event as a sign of widespread human rights violations in Iran. Again today, he demanded the approval of resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning the mandatory hijab in Iran. In response to Mehsa Amini’s death, Amnesty International has described it as a suspicious death and that “all agents and responsible officials” in this case should be brought to justice.
Earlier, IRNA news agency reported that Ibrahim Raisi, who is on a trip to Uzbekistan, ordered the interior minister to investigate the cause and details of the incident urgently and report the result. Based on this, Ahmad Vahidi also assigned the deputy of police security of this ministry to investigate the issue urgently.
Ayatollah Asadollah Bayat Zanjani from Shia Taqlid authorities, while condemning the encounters with Mehsa Amini, called the Irshad patrol “illegitimate, illegal and irrational.”
A number of parliamentarians such as Jalal Rashidi Kochi, Masoud Bizikian and Fatemeh Qaspour also promised to follow up on this incident within legal frameworks.
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, described the incident of Mehsa Amini as an “unfortunate tragedy” that “burns the marrow of the bones.”
In response to Mehsa Amini’s death, famous Australian actor Nathanael Bazolik said in a video: When Mehsa Amini is killed by the Iranian regime for wearing hijab, where are the international consequences? Where is the reaction of the United Nations and the Human Rights Council against this regime?
In addition, well-known faces of artists and athletes such as Ahmed Mehranfar, Golshifteh Farhani, Hossein Mahini, Ali Zandukili, Babak Jahanbakhsh, Hassan Yazdani, Hengameh Ghaziani, Sirvan Khosravi, Ehsan Khajeh Amiri, Shabnam Farshadjo, Haniye Tosli, Ali Daei, Mohammad Tagvi, Reza Kianian, Mehran Ahmadi, Lili Rashidi, Mihrab Qasim Khani, Mehdi Yerahi, Tahmina Milani, Hana Kamkar, Panthea Bahram, Amir Jadidi, Yalda Moiri, Hamed Behdad, Prasto Golestani, Taraneh Alidousti, Fateme Motamed Arya, Navid Mohammad Zadeh. , Fereshte Hosseini, Yahya Golmohammadi, Mehdi Qaidi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Maryam Tousi, Masoud Shojaei, Abbas Jamshidifar and Asghar Farhadi did not remain silent about this incident and showed their protest by publishing various articles.
Mahsa (Zina) Amini, a 22-year-old young woman from Saqqez who had traveled to Tehran, was arrested last Tuesday at the Haqqani metro station in Tehran by moral security police officers and was taken to the detention center of this organization known as Ministers.
Shortly after her arrest, her half-lifed body was transferred to Kasri hospital’s intensive care unit while she was in a coma with level 3 consciousness.
Considering the bad track record of the police force and previous similar events, public opinion reacted to this situation by believing that this young girl was beaten in the detention center.