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Mahsa Amini: The situation in Iran remains unsettled – President Raishi’s statements “fuel the fire”

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Angry citizens demand justice for Makhsa Amini and her family, while yesterday’s statements by President Raisi, who said that there are no signs of abuse of the girl, caused strong reactions

The situation in Iran appears to be spiraling out of control as protesters in more than a dozen cities continue to clash in the streets with authorities, with the dead amounting to 31.

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Angry citizens demand justification for Mahsa Amini and her family, while yesterday’s statements of the president added “fuel to the fire”. Rice who mentioned that there are no signs of abuse of the girl by the police, according to the forensic examination.

He stated that the circumstances of the death of the 22-year-old girl who was arrested by the morals police for not wearing her headscarf properly, are to be investigated.

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“I have contacted her family at the earliest opportunity and assured them that we will continue to investigate this incident firmly. … Our biggest concern is to ensure the rights of every citizen”, said the Iranian president.

However, he tried to divert the discussion by saying “what about all the people killed by US police?”.

“Were all these deaths investigated?” he said at a press conference held in New York on the sidelines of the annual meeting of UN leaders. He also spoke of “double standards” in the West in terms of human rights.

Regarding the demonstrations, President Raisi did not unequivocally but did not seem to disapprove of extreme violence by the authorities.

“What is happening, the protests … is normal and completely acceptable,” he said. “We have to distinguish between protesters and vandalism. Demonstrations are good for expressing specific issues,” he said.

It is recalled that Iranian police claims Amini died of a heart attack and she was not abused, which her family and the international community dispute. Independent UN-affiliated experts said Thursday that reports suggested he was severely beaten by ethics police, without offering evidence.

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