Mahsa Amini's death stemmed from illness, medical report claims

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Mahsa Amini’s death stemmed from illness, medical report claims

A person is holding a photo of Mahsa Amini.

Iranian authorities claimed on Friday that Mahsa Amini's death was not caused by “beatings” but by the aftermath of an illness, three weeks after protests sparked by the death of the woman began. young woman during her detention.

Arrested on September 13 by the morality police in Tehran for not respecting the strict dress code for women in Iran, Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurd from 22, died three days later in hospital.

Activists claimed she suffered a head injury while in custody. The Iranian authorities have denied any physical contact between the police and the young woman and said they are awaiting the results of the investigation.

Her death sparked demonstrations in the countries, with Iranian women in the front line, as well as solidarity rallies around the world.

The protests, the largest in Iran since those in 2019 against rising fuel prices, have been bloodily suppressed. At least 92 people have been killed since September 16, according to a latest report from the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights, while an official report puts around 60 dead, including 12 members. security forces.

Mahsa Amini's death was not caused by beatings to the head and vital organs but was linked to surgery for a brain tumor at the age of eight, according to a report by the #x27;Iranian Forensic Organization, while her father Amjad Amini reported that his daughter was in perfect health.

On September 13, [Mahsa Amini] suddenly lost consciousness and collapsed […]. She suffered from a heart rhythm disorder and a drop in blood pressure, the state television report added.

Despite her transfer to the hospital and the efforts of medical personnel, she died on September 16 from multiple organ failure caused by cerebral hypoxia, according to the same source.

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The crackdown on the protests has been denounced by the international community and some countries have imposed sanctions.

On Thursday, the United States announced sanctions against seven senior Iranian officials for their role in the crackdown.

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, the regime's key tool in the crackdown, and Communications Minister Issa Zarépour, responsible for the shameful attempt to block the internet, are among those sanctioned, according to a statement from the Treasury Department.

Washington had already announced on September 22 a salvo of sanctions targeting the Iranian vice squad and several security officials.

The Islamic Republic's strict dress code notably requires women to wear the Islamic veil.

Women are at the forefront of protests in Iran, according to leaked videos online.

In recent days, schoolgirls have even held rallies in several regions during which they removed their veils or shouted anti-regime slogans.

< p class="e-p">In a video verified by AFP, young girls, their heads unveiled, chant Death to the dictator, in reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Monday in a school in Karaj, west of Tehran.

Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has admitted that young people were involved in the protests, denouncing the influence of social networks.

On Thursday, Iranian justice denied that a 16-year-old girl, Sarina Ismaïlzadeh, had been killed in the province of Alborz (northwest) by security forces during the protests, saying that; she had committed suicide by jumping from a building.

On September 30, Amnesty International claimed that the girl died after being severely beaten with a truncheon in the head on September 23.

Already on Wednesday, Iranian justice denied any link between the death of another 16-year-old girl, Nika Shakarami, and the protests in Iran. In a video released by overseas-based Persian media, Nika Shakarami's mother accused the authorities of killing her daughter.

From the start of the protest, the regime arrested prominent supporters of the movement and imposed severe restrictions on access to social networks.

Iran has repeatedly accused outside forces to stir up protests, including the United States, its sworn enemy.

An anonymous artist colored Tehran's water fountains red on Friday in reference to the bloody crackdown on three weeks of protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini.

This fountain with its red water in front of the Artists' Forum in Honarmandan Park, Tehran, is believed to be the work of an anonymous artist, a reference to the bloody repression of protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini.

The images of the blood-red fountains were shared online by the media 1500tasvir, which lists the violations. These fountains are located in the center of Tehran.

Activists on Twitter described the red fountains as a work of art called Tehran covered in blood and said that; they had been designed by an anonymous artist.

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