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Total deaths in Iran protests climb to 41, says state media

Tehran, Sep 25 (EFE).- At least 41 people have died in protests that have shaken Iran over the last nine days over the death of Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested for not wearing the Islamic veil properly, according to Iranian state television.

Unfortunately, 41 people have lost their lives in the disturbances in recent days in different parts of the country, public broadcaster IRIB reported.

However, IRIB underlined that these were not official numbers but were a part of their own tally.

The government has organized new marches for Sunday in support of the curernt regime like it did a couple of days ago, when thousands of Iranians marched in defense of the Islamic veil and in opposition to protests over Amini’s death.

The 22-year-old girl was arrested on Sep.13 by the so called “moral police” in Tehran and then taken to a police station for “re-education” as she had supposedly not worn the hijab, or Islamic veil, in the correct manner.

She died on Sep.16 in a hospital, where she was taken in a state of coma following a heart attack, which the authorities have attributed to prior health problems.

However, this claim has been rejected by her family.

New of her death sparked off protests in different parts of the country, leading to fierce clashes between the demonstrators and the security forces.

The authorities have not revealed figures of the total number of people arrested.

However, the province of Guilan alone reported Saturday having detained 736 “rioters.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday called for decisive action against those he claimed disrupted the security and peace of the country and advocated separating protest from disruption of public order.

Authorities insist that the protests are being incited by a foreign enemy with the help of intelligence agencies and embassies from other countries.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian women have been required to wear veils as per a decree by former supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini.EFE


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