The father of an Iranian woman who died in police custody last week has accused authorities of lying about her death
Amjad Amini, whose daughter Masa died after being arrested by moral police in Tehran, said doctors refused to see him after his daughter’s death.
Iranian officials claim she died after suffering a “heart attack” and slipping into a coma, but her family, according to Iran’s reformed media Emtedad News, said she had died. said there was no pre-existing heart disease. Public skepticism about the authorities’ account of her death sparked outbursts of anger that escalated into deadly protests.
“They are lying. .
When he saw his daughter’s body on her way to the funeral, he noticed that it was completely wrapped except for her feet and face, and that she had bruises on her legs.”I don’t know what they did to her. ‘ he said.
CNN was unable to independently verify his account with hospital officials.
CCTV footage released by Iranian state media shows Mercer Amini lying down in a “re-education” center, where she was taken away by morality police and given “guidance” on dress.
Her death sparked an outburst of outrage that snowballed from freedom in the Islamic Republic to the devastating economic impact of economic sanctions.
Protests and deadly clashes with police have erupted in towns and cities across Iran, despite authorities’ attempts to curb the spread of demonstrations through internet blackouts.
Mobile networks have been largely shut down, restricting access to Instagram and WhatsApp, internet watchdog Netblox said Wednesday night.
Internet access was almost completely cut off in parts of Iran’s western Kurdistan province from Monday night, while other parts of the country, including Sanandaj and Tehran, experienced regional power outages.
This comes after Iran’s communications minister warned of potential Internet disruptions “for security purposes and for discussions related to recent events.”
The last time such a severe blackout was seen in Iran was when authorities tried to contain mass protests in late 2019 after fuel prices soared by 300%.
Iran was almost completely offline at the time, and Oracle’s Internet Intelligence called it “the largest Internet disruption ever observed in Iran.”
Several Iranian state government websites, including those of the president and the central bank of Iran, were also taken offline this week, with hacker group Anonymous claiming responsibility.
“(Greetings) Dear Iranian Citizens. This is a message from Anonymous to all of Iran. We are here and with you,” the group’s social media accounts tweeted on Tuesday.
“We support your resolve to make peace against atrocities and genocide. Long live the free Iranian women.”
The hacker group is also responsible for temporarily taking down the website of Iran’s state media outlet Fars early Wednesday morning, according to a tweet by Anonymous. The website has since returned online.
Violent crackdown won’t slow protests against Iran’s morality police
At least 8 people, including teenagers killed in the last few days According to human rights group Amnesty International, clashes at the protests were to blame.
At least four of those eight “died from injuries caused by security forces firing metal pellets at close range,” Amnesty said in a report released Wednesday.
Amnesty International, citing Iranian sources, said four other people had been shot by security forces. It added that eyewitness testimony and video analysis showed a pattern of “Iranian security forces repeatedly firing metal pellets illegally and directly at protesters.”
Riot police were mobilized to disperse protesters in the capital Tehran on Wednesday night and were seen arresting several, according to eyewitnesses who did not want to be named for security reasons.
Riot police deployed tear gas and staged a “strong crackdown” near Tehran University, eyewitnesses said.
Another witness in the city’s eastern district said protesters shouted “death to the dictator” in reference to the Iranian supreme leader and “whoever killed my sister” in reference to Amini. I’m going to kill you,” he said he heard him yelling.
Videos of nationwide protests show people destroying supreme leader posters, women burning hijabs and cutting off their hair in a symbolic show of defiance.
CNN has reached out to police and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who joined the riot police in Tehran on Wednesday night, for comment. They have not issued a statement regarding the demonstrations or law enforcement protests.
International activists and leaders have also expressed concern over the protests and alleged police violence.
Sweden’s foreign minister said Wednesday that Sweden supports Iranians in mourning Amini and called on the authorities to respect their right to peaceful protest. allow violent demonstrations and, above all, refrain from using any more violence.”
UK Foreign Secretary Tariq Ahmad said the UK was “extremely concerned by reports of serious abuse of Ms Amini and many others by security forces”.
“The use of violence by women and other members of Iranian society against manifestations of fundamental rights is totally unjustifiable,” the statement said.