Biden supports 'brave women' in Iran

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Biden supports « brave women » in Iran

United States President Joe Biden , speaks during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking at the UN on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with the “brave women of Iran” after at least eight people were killed in the the crackdown on protests in the Islamic Republic, sparked by the death of a woman arrested by the vice squad.

His Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, for his part, denounced the hypocrisy of the West and showed himself to be intransigent before the General Assembly of the United Nations, while he is under pressure to about his country's nuclear program and women's rights, and that he is the target of a complaint from dissidents in New York.

Iranian protesters in Tehran days after Mahsa Amini's death in police custody

In many cities across the Islamic Republic, especially in the northwest in Urmia and Sardasht, nighttime protests erupted on Wednesday night for the fifth night in a row.

They follow one another in fifteen cities since the announcement of the death of Mahsa Amini on Friday, to the holy city of Qom, south-west of Tehran, birthplace of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.< /p>

The latter spoke on Wednesday in Tehran, but said nothing about the unrest.

The death toll so far stands at six dead, according to Iranian authorities, to which must be added two people killed in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to a Kurdish group based in Norway.

In the south, video images apparently dating from Wednesday show protesters burning a huge portrait of General Qassem Soleimani, killed by a US strike in Iraq in January 2020.

Elsewhere in the country, angry demonstrators blocked traffic, torched garbage cans and police vehicles, threw stones at security forces and chanted anti-government slogans, according to the official Irna news agency. Police used tear gas and made a number of arrests to disperse the crowd, the agency said.

Other images show protesters retaliating by snatching tear gas canisters from law enforcement and preventing them from making arrests.

Most viral on social networks are those where we see women setting fire to their headscarves.

Men and women, many of whom had removed their headscarves, gathered in Tehran and in other major cities across the country, according to Irna.

No to the headscarf, no to the turban, yes to freedom and equality! shouted protesters in Tehran. Their slogans were echoed in solidarity in New York and Istanbul.

22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Kurdistan (northwest), was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for wearing inappropriate clothing by the vice police, a unit responsible for enforcing the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic.

Activists say the young woman was fatally shot in the head, an allegation officially denied by officials, who announced an investigation.

Women in Iran must cover their hair and morality police also forbid them to wear coats reaching above the knee, tight pants, jeans with holes and brightly colored outfits.

For Mahtab , a 22-year-old makeup artist wearing an orange scarf that shows her hair, the scarf should be a choice, we should not be forced to wear it.

In addition to anger in Iran, the announcement of the death of the young woman, whose Kurdish first name is Jhina, has drawn strong international condemnation, in particular from the UN, the United States and the France.

“We stand with the courageous citizens and courageous women of Iran, who are protesting at this very moment to defend their rights. more basic.

—Joe Biden, President of the United States

The new British Foreign Minister, James Cleverly, spoke on Wednesday morning, in an interview with AFP, about another possible path for the Iranian leaders.

President Raisi immediately accused the West of applying double standards when it comes to human rights, citing the deaths of Indigenous women in Canada or Israeli repression in the occupied Palestinian territories.

These demonstrations constitute a very important shock in Iran, it is a societal crisis, declared to AFP David Rigoulet-Roze, associate researcher at the Institute of international and strategic relations (IRIS), specialist of Iran.

These demonstrations may be the beginning of a great change, also believes the director of the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR ), Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam, questioned in Oslo.

In New York, President Raisi is also the target of a complaint supposed to have been filed Tuesday by Iranian dissidents and #x27;former political prisoners, prosecuting him for the death sentences of thousands of people when he was a judge in the 1980s.

Finally, Mr. Raisi, under pressure from Westerners to relaunch the agreement framing Tehran's nuclear program, assured the UN that the Islamic Republic was not seeking to acquire nuclear power. atomic weapon.

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