She died after three days in the hospital where she had arrived in a coma from the barracks, a few hours after being arrested by the Tehran police for not wearing the veil in an “appropriate” way. Mahsa Amini (pictured) was 22, she was originally from Iranian Kurdistan and was on vacation with her family in Tehran. Brother Kiarash told the press that she was picked up by law enforcement on the street Tuesday night, in front of her eyes, and taken to the barracks for “re-education” because of the way she wore the obligatory veil. in public.
Kiarash was waiting for his sister outside the building but, after hearing screams coming from inside, he saw her come out in an ambulance that transported her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead after three days in a coma. Citing “allegations of torture and ill-treatment during detention”, Amnesty International suspects that the girl may have died while she was in the barracks and calls for an investigation to be opened against police officers and officials to shed light on the case. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi also ordered the Interior Ministry to proceed with an investigation to clarify what happened. But it is precisely against the government of the ultra-conservative leader, and his support for the law that obliges the wearing of the veil, that many Iranians have pointed the finger at Mahsa’s death. Hundreds of messages on social media criticizing the Tehran regime. This is the context in which President Raisi will travel to New York in the coming days to participate in the United Nations General Assembly, while already before the death of the girl, in recent days, various groups of Iranian dissidents abroad, and also some American politicians had asked American President Joe Biden not to grant a US visa to Raisi, citing his role in the executions of political prisoners in 1988, when the current president held the position of deputy prosecutor of Tehran and participated in the commission that gave the green light to the convictions.