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Mahsa Amini’s father says Iran authorities lied about her death, as protests rage

Iranian officers have claimed she died after struggling a “heart attack” and falling right into a coma, however her household have stated she had no pre-existing coronary heart situation, in accordance with Emtedad information, an Iranian pro-reform media outlet. Public skepticism over the officers’ account of her loss of life has sparked an outpouring of anger that has spilled into lethal protests.

“They’re lying. They’re telling lies. Everything is a lie … no matter how much I begged, they wouldn’t let me see my daughter,” Amjad Amini advised BBC Persia on Wednesday.

When he considered his daughter’s physique main as much as her funeral it was totally wrapped apart from her ft and face — although he seen bruising on her ft. “I have no idea what they did to her,” he stated.

CNN couldn’t independently confirm his account with hospital officers.

A protest in Tehran, Iran, over the death of Mahsa Amini, on September 21.

CCTV footage launched by Iran’s state media confirmed Mahsa Amini collapsing at a “re-education” heart the place she was taken by the morality police to obtain “guidance” on her apparel.

Her loss of life has sparked an outpouring of anger that has snowballed to incorporate points starting from freedoms within the Islamic Republic to the crippling economic impacts of sanctions.

Protests and lethal clashes with police have damaged out in cities and cities throughout Iran, regardless of authorities’ makes an attempt to curb the unfold of demonstrations by way of web blackouts.

Internet blackouts

Mobile networks have been largely shut down and entry to Instagram and Whatsapp have been restricted, web watchdog Netblocks stated on Wednesday night. A second “nation-scale” lack of connectivity in Iran was reported by Netblocks on Thursday.

There was a near-total disruption to web entry in components of Iran’s western Kurdistan province from Monday night, and regional blackouts in different components of the nation together with Sanandaj and Tehran.

Iranian women burn their hijabs as hundreds protest death of Mahsa Amini

This comes after Iran’s Minister of Communications warned that there could possibly be web disruptions “for security purposes and discussions related to recent events,” in accordance with the nation’s semi-official ISNA information company.

The final time Iran noticed such a extreme blackout was when authorities tried to comprise mass protests in late 2019, after gasoline costs elevated by as a lot as 300%.

At the time, Iran was taken virtually totally offline — which Oracle’s Internet Intelligence referred to as the “largest internet shutdown ever observed in Iran.”

This week, a number of Iranian state authorities web sites — together with the official websites of the President and of Iran’s Central Bank — had been additionally offline, with the hacker collective Anonymous claiming duty.

Dozens of people stage a demonstration to protest the death of Mahsa Amini in Tehran, Iran, on September 21.

“(Greetings) Citizens of Iran. This is a message from Anonymous to all Iran. We are here and we are with you,” a social media account affiliated with the group tweeted on Tuesday.

“We support your determination for peace against brutality and massacres. We know that your determination stems not from vengeance, but from your longing for justice. All tyrants will fall before your courage. Long live free Iranian women.”

The hacker collective additionally took duty for quickly taking down the web site of Iran’s government-aligned Fars information company early Wednesday morning, in accordance with a tweet from Anonymous. The web site has since come again on-line.

Growing fury over lethal clashes

At least eight folks, together with a teen, have been killed in latest days resulting from clashes on the protests, in accordance with the human rights group Amnesty International.

At least 4 of these eight “died from injuries sustained from security forces firing metal pellets at close range,” stated Amnesty in a report printed Wednesday.

Four others had been shot by safety forces, Amnesty stated, citing sources in Iran. It added that eyewitness accounts and video evaluation present a sample of “Iranian security forces unlawfully and repeatedly firing metal pellets directly at protesters.”

Riot police had been mobilized to disperse protesters Wednesday evening within the capital Tehran, and had been seen arresting a number of folks, in accordance with eyewitnesses who didn’t need to be named for security causes.

A bin burning in the middle of an intersection during a protest in Tehran, Iran, on September 20.

The riot police deployed tear gasoline, with a “heavy-handed crackdown” close to Tehran University, stated an eyewitness.

Another eyewitness within the metropolis’s japanese district stated protesters had been heard shouting “Death to the dictator,” a reference to Iran’s Supreme Leader, and “I kill anyone who killed my sister,” referring to Amini.

Videos from protests nationwide present folks destroying posters of the Supreme Leader, and ladies burning their hijabs and chopping off their hair in a symbolic present of defiance.

CNN has reached out to the police and Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), which joined riot police on Wednesday evening in Tehran, for remark.

The IRGC issued a warning to protesters in a statement Thursday, and referred to as on the judiciary to establish folks accountable for spreading “rumors” on social media.

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The IRGC accused protesters of “rioting” and “vandalism,” and referred to as on the police to “protect the security of the nation.”

Meanwhile, Fars information company reported Thursday that two members of Iran’s Basij paramilitary group — a volunteer paramilitary group related to the IRGC — had been killed individually throughout protests in Iranian provinces.

“Rioters” stabbed one Basij member in Tabriz, the capital metropolis of northwestern Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, Fars reported. State-run Al Alam stated that one other Basij member was killed in Qazvin province.

A propaganda-style video titled “When the Basij Enters,” printed by Fars on Thursday, allegedly confirmed Basij members on bikes clearing barricades and detaining males on the road. The video doesn’t specify a location or a date.

International activists and leaders have additionally expressed concern about the protests and alleged police violence.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister stated on Wednesday that Sweden stands with Iranians mourning Amini, and demanded that authorities respect their proper to peaceable protest. Germany additionally referred to as on Iranian authorities to “allow peaceful demonstrations and, above all, not to use any further violence” throughout a information convention on Wednesday.

British Foreign Office Minister Tariq Ahmad stated the United Kingdom was “extremely concerned at reports of serious mistreatment of Ms Amini, and many others, by the security forces.”

“The use of violence in response to the expression of fundamental rights, by women or any other members of Iranian society, is wholly unjustifiable,” his statement stated.