NOS News•today, 04:18
Iran is investigating the death of Mahsa Amini, which has sparked protests across the country. At a press conference in the context of the UN meeting in New York, President Raisi said there will be a “proper” investigation, but at the same time he blamed the West for hypocrisy.
Kurdish Amini, 25, died last week after she was arrested for violating the rule that women must cover their heads. According to eyewitnesses, a blow from a police officer killed her, but the religious police contradict this.
Since Amini’s death, Iranians have taken to the streets in dozens of cities. According to the BBC, these are the largest anti-government protests in recent years. At least 17 people were said to have been killed when the protests were crushed. Western countries have condemned that. For example, the United States has announced sanctions against the religious police in Iran.
Raisi said in New York about this that the West has a double standard. He stated that in the US and the UK many civilians die every year as a result of police brutality. “And have all those dead been investigated?” he asked rhetorically.
Raisi did not explicitly condemn the demonstrations in his own country, but he did speak words of caution. “Of course demonstrations are normal and fully accepted, but causing chaos is not,” he said. “We have to distinguish between protesters and vandals.”
President Raisi reiterated a coroner’s conclusion that Amini was not beaten. “But it certainly needs to be investigated. I have been in contact with the next of kin and I have assured them that we will investigate the matter thoroughly.”