In protest-hit Iran, Mahsa Amini’s parents demand answers

9 killed in Iraqi Kurdistan strikes

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Demonstrators hold placards in support of Iranian women and protesters, in Berlin, Germany on September 28, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS — The parents of Mahsa Amini, whose death in the custody of Iran’s morality police has sparked 12 nights of protests, have filed a complaint against the officers involved in her detention, the family’s lawyer said Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

Amini, 22, who was visiting Tehran from western Kurdistan province, died on September 16, three days after she was detained for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict rules for women on wearing hijab headscarves and modest clothing.

The bereaved family wants “a thorough investigation” and the release of “all videos and photographs” showing Amini while in custody, said their lawyer Saleh Nikbakht, as quoted by ISNA news agency.

After Amini’s death sparked a wave of major unrest, Iran’s police command warned that security forces would confront the protests “with all their might”, despite growing calls for restraint amid a crackdown that rights groups say has already killed more than 75 people.

In another escalation, Iran launched on Wednesday cross-border missile and drone strikes that killed nine people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, after accusing Kurdish armed groups based there of stoking the unrest.

The strikes were condemned by the UN mission in Iraq, and the federal government in Baghdad summoned the Iranian ambassador.

“These cowardly attacks are occurring at a time when the terrorist regime of Iran is unable to crack down on ongoing protests inside and silence the Kurdish and Iranian peoples’ civil resistance,” tweeted the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, one of the groups targeted.

In the Iranian protests, “Woman, Life, Freedom!” has been the rallying cry as women have defiantly burned their headscarves in bonfires or symbolically cut off their hair, cheered on by crowds.

Riot police in black body armor were seen shooting at apartment windows in Tehran’s Ekbatan Town, in footage shared overnight by Radio Farda — a US-funded Persian station based in Prague.

The Iranian police command Wednesday said its “officers will oppose with all their might the conspiracies of counter-revolutionaries and hostile elements, and deal firmly with those who disrupt public order and security anywhere in the country.”

The warning came only hours after the UN said its secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, had called on Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi not to use “disproportionate force” against protesters.

“We are increasingly concerned about reports of rising fatalities, including women and children, related to the protests,” the UN chief’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Fars news agency said Tuesday “around 60” people had been killed since Amini’s death, up from the official toll of 41. But the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights said the crackdown has killed at least 76 people.

On Tuesday, authorities in Iran, having arrested more than 1,200 people, also arrested the daughter of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for “inciting rioters”, Tasnim news agency reported.

The crackdown has drawn condemnation from around the world, with Germany summoning the Iranian ambassador and Canada announcing sanctions against Iran.

Spain also called in the Iranian ambassador to express its “objection over the repression of the protests and the violation of women’s rights”.

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