5 killed in Iran in protests over death of woman in police custody, rights group says

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Demonstrators stitchery  astir   a burning barricade during a protestation  for Mahsa Amini, a pistillate   who died aft  being arrested by the Islamic Republic's "morality police," successful  Tehran connected  September 19, 2022.

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Five radical person been killed by Iranian information forces during protests that were sparked by the decease of Mahsa Amini, who was being held successful constabulary custody, according to a quality rights monitor.

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, a Norwegian-registered enactment monitoring rights violations successful Iran, said 5 radical were fatally changeable during demonstrations successful Iran’s Kurdish portion connected Monday. It said 75 others were injured successful different cities implicit the weekend.

CNN was incapable to independently verify the reports of the deaths and injuries.

The protests erupted aft the decease of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian pistillate who died successful Tehran aft being arrested by Iran’s morality constabulary past week.

Iranian officials said that Amini died connected Friday aft suffering a “heart attack” and falling into a coma pursuing her apprehension past Tuesday. However, her household said she did not person a pre-existing bosom condition, Emtedad news, an Iranian pro-reform media outlet which claimed to person spoken to Amini’s father, said.

Edited information camera footage released by Iran’s authorities media appeared to amusement Amini collapsing astatine a “re-education” halfway wherever she was taken to person “guidance” connected her attire.

Iran’s morality constabulary are portion of the country’s instrumentality enforcement and are tasked with enforcing the strict societal rules of the Islamic Republic, including its formal codification that mandates women deterioration a headscarf, oregon hijab, successful public.

Iranian constabulary said Amini’s decease was an “unfortunate incident” and denied that she was physically harmed portion successful custody, Iran’s semi-official quality bureau Fars News said connected Monday.

Iranian officials said they person conducted an autopsy connected Amini’s body. Speaking Saturday connected authorities TV the manager of Iran’s Forensic Medical Organization, Mehdi Forozesh, said the results would beryllium publicized aft further introspection by aesculapian experts.

Speaking astatine a quality league connected Monday, Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi said constabulary had “done everything” to support her alive.

But the explanations from the constabulary were not accepted by protesters who took to the streets successful Tehran and different cities connected Monday, demanding justness and accountability.

Amini, 22, was detained by Iran's morality constabulary  and died connected  Friday.

The semi-official quality bureau Fars reported the protesters were “not convinced” by the police’s justification of Amini’s decease and claimed she died “under torture.”

Following Amini’s ceremonial ceremonial connected Saturday, information forces fired teardrop state connected protesters successful her hometown of Saqqez, successful Iran’s Kurdistan province, Fars said, portion Iran’s semi-official Mehr quality bureau said the demonstrators were demanding answers from the constabulary and allegedly threw rocks astatine the governor’s office.

Fars besides published a video showing protestors demonstrating successful the superior of Kurdistan province, Sanandaj, precocious connected Sunday and chanting slogans against officials.

One video shared by the Free Union of Iranian Workers showed protesters successful Sanandaj chanting “death to dictator.” Another video showed women taking disconnected their hijabs and waving them successful protestation successful Tehran.

Separately, the net watchdog NetBlocks said connected Monday that its real-time information were showing a “near-total disruption to net connectivity successful Sanandaj.”

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