Death of Mahsa Amini Sparks Riots In Iran

Lex Ennis ‘23

On the 13th of September, Mahsa Amini was in Tehran, Iran visiting family. She was walking with her brother Kiaresh Amini when she was arrested by the “Guidance Patrol” and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency, allegedly for inappropriately wearing a hijab. Local CCTV shows Mahsa collapsing to the ground the very moment of her arrest. 

Mahsa’s brother was told she would be taken to a detention centre to undergo a briefing class and released shortly afterwards. She never made it. Mahsa instead arrived at Kasra Hospital, where she died on Friday, after being in a coma for three days. In a now-deleted Instagram post, the hospital claimed she was brain dead on arrival.

Mahsa’s death sparked outrage and protests all over the world. Women in many different countries have posted videos to social media showing themselves cutting their hair, shaving their heads, and even burning their hijabs.

The White House made a statement surrounding the death of Mahsa Amini. “Mahsa Amini’s death after injuries sustained while in police custody for wearing an ‘improper’ hijab is an appalling and egregious affront to human rights,” the official said. “Our thoughts are with Mahsa’s family and loved ones.”

Mahsa Amini was 22 years old at the time of her wrongful death.

Sources: New York Times

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