Protests at funeral of Iranian woman who died in police custody

by | Sep 17, 2022 | World

Local media reports say police fire tear gas at a rally following the funeral of a young woman who died after being arrested by the so-called ‘morality police’, who found fault with her hijab.Police have fired tear gas to disperse a protest rally in western Iran following the funeral ceremony for a young woman who died in police custody in Tehran earlier this week, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
The police said 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained on Tuesday after Iran’s so-called “morality police” found fault with her headscarf, or hijab, had died of a heart attack.
The police also released closed-circuit footage from the police station, which they say shows the moment Amini collapsed. A relative has said she had no history of heart disease.
Her body was laid to rest in her hometown of Saghez, 460km (285 miles) from Tehran in northwestern Kurdistan province, on Saturday morning, Fars reported.
“Following the funeral ceremony, some people left the scene while others remained, chanting slogans demanding detailed investigations into the dimensions of the story,” the agency said.
“The protesters then gathered in front of the governor’s office and chanted more slogans but were dispersed when security forces fired tear gas,” it added.
Amini’s death triggered an outcry against the morality police from celebrities and prominent figures on social media. Iran’s judiciary launched an investigation into her death.
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