Iran: Tragic clashes with the police after the death of the 22-year-old

Five people died in the Kurdish region of Iran during protests over the death of a young Iranian woman who died after her detention by the morality police enforcing strict headgear laws, Kurdish law groups have reported. Tehran has not confirmed these figures.

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from a Kurdish province in Iran, fell into a coma and she died after being arrested in Tehran last week. The incident sparked a wave of protests that have been going on for three days.

According to local human rights organizations, two people were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters in the Kurdish city of Sakez, Amini’s hometown.

Two other people stayed killed in the city of Divandarreh in “direct fire” security forces, a one died in Dehgolan, also in the Kurdish region.

Tehran has not confirmed these figures. The official Irna news agency said there were “limited” protests in a number of cities in seven provinces that were broken up by police.

State television reported that many protesters were arrested, but she denied “some of the claims of death on social media”.

Authorities began investigating the death of Mahsa Amini after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had requested it.

Police say the 22-year-old fell ill while she waited with other detained women at the morality police station.

Under Iranian (Islamic) Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are required to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes to conceal their figure.

Those who break the law face a public reprimand, fines or arrest.

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