New York.- The president of Iran, ebrahim raisidownplayed this Thursday the protests over the death of a young woman after being arrested for wearing the veil wrong, assuring that they are something “normal” and that in the country there is freedom to express any opinion, but making it clear that the “vandalism“.
About the death of Mahsa AminiRaisi 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 Assemblystressed 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.
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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 due to 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 Morale Police for wear the veil wrong and have been spreading throughout the country.
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With shouts such as “Justice, freedom and no to compulsory hijab”, “Women, life, freedom” or “Death to the dictator”, the demonstrators have shown their outrage in at least 20 cities in the country, in protests in which violence it has intensified with security forces resorting to riot gear.
In clashes last night, protesters burned at least two police stations and several vehicles.
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