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    Progressive U.S. lawmakers on Friday expressed solidarity with anti-government protesters that have spread to cities across Iran as people express outrage over the death of a 22-year-old woman who was in police custody after being accused of violating the country's strict dress code. As authorities have cracked down on the protests, which are now taking place in more than five dozen cities, more than 30 people have reportedly been killed and hundreds have been injured or arrested. The protests erupted this past week after the death of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish Iranian woman, on September 16. Amini had been in a coma for three days following her arrest in Tehran by the country's so-called "morality police." She had been accused of wearing an "improper" head covering. A photo of Amini in a coma sparked outrage when it was circulated on social media. Her family has accused police of beating Amini, rejecting a police report that she suffered a heart attack while in custody. Protests condemning Amini's death have included women tearing off and burning their hijabs, which is punishable by...
    In the United States, the term “Morality Police” is used as a slang expression to attack social conservatives and Christian fundamentalists who believe that their views on abortion, contraception or sex education should be the law of the land. But in Iran, there really is a religious police force whose name in the Farsi language translates to Morality Police — and they go about enforcing laws based on a severe, far-right, fundamentalist interpretation of Shi’ite (or Shia) Islam. Recently in Tehran, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini died while in the custody of Iran’s Morality Police. And on Thursday, September 22, two government agencies in the United States — the State Department and the Treasury Department — announced sanctions against the Morality Police and other Iranian security officials. According to Politico reporter Kelly Garrity, Amini “died while being held by authorities for allegedly violating the country’s strictly enforced dress code for women.” READ MORE: Author Salman Rushdie attacked and stabbed before lecture in New York: report “Amini, whose death has sparked protests across Iran, was arrested September...
    The Treasury Department announced sanctions against Iran’s Morality Police following the death of Mahsa Amini in their custody last week, which has sparked deadly protests nationwide. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the sanctions on Thursday for what it described as “abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters.” PUTIN'S MOBILIZATION EFFORT IS A SIGN 'MANPOWER IS A PROBLEM,' KIRBY SAYS Amini, 22, died last week after falling into a coma while in detention. Eyewitnesses claim that she sustained her injuries while in the Morality Police’s custody, the department added, noting that the police “blamed her death on a heart ailment, but her family said she has no such condition." She was arrested in Tehran for wearing “unsuitable attire” in the form of improperly wearing her hijab. “Mahsa Amini was a courageous woman whose death in Morality Police custody was yet another act of brutality by the Iranian regime’s security forces against its own people,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. “We condemn this unconscionable act in the strongest terms and call...
    THE brutal death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran's twisted morality police has sparked days of nationwide protests. Mahsa, 22, was beaten to death by the morality police after she was arrested in the capital Tehran for not following the country's strict hijab laws. 6The morality police are in charge of arresting women who violate Iran's conservative dress code 6An Iranian woman shouts as she stands in a morality police van after being detainedCredit: Getty 6Iranian demonstrators take to the streets of Tehran over Mahsa Amini's deathCredit: AFP 6An Iranian woman gestures while talking to two morality policemen in TehranCredit: Getty She was allegedly detained for having some hair visible under her headscarf - which Iranian women are legally required to wear. And Mahsa then fell into a coma shortly collapsing at the detention centre and died three days later in hospital. The morality police have denied smashing her head with a baton and banging it against one of their vehicles. Her death has sparked furious protests across the country, with many calling for the dismantling of the...
    (CNN)A 22-year-old Iranian woman has died after being arrested by Iran's morality police on Wednesday, Iran's semi-official Etemad Online website reported, quoting her uncle. Iranian state TV confirmed the death of Mahsa Amini in rolling news text without giving details, according to Reuters.On Tuesday evening, Amini and her family, who had traveled from Iran's Kurdistan region to visit relatives in the capital, Tehran, were stopped by a patrol of morality police -- a dedicated unit that enforces strict dress codes for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf. According to IranWire, human rights activists who have spoken to the family say the police grabbed Amini and forced her inside a police vehicle. Iran official condemns womans treatment by morality police in videoHer brother, Kiarash, attempted to intervene and was told his sister was being taken to the police station for one hour of "re-education," IranWire reported.Read MoreKiarash said he never saw his sister awake again. While he was waiting outside the police station for her to be released, an ambulance pulled up and discreetly took his sister to the...
    A YOUNG woman has been beaten to death by Iran's morality police for failing to comply with the country's strict hijab rules, it has been alleged. Mahsa Amini, 22, was declared brain dead after she was reportedly beaten into a coma by the police on on Tuesday. 5Mahsa Amini was allegedly beaten up by Iran's morality policeCredit: Newsflash 5Doctors declared Mahsa Amini was braindead after she fell into a comaCredit: Twitter The young woman had travelled from the western province of Kurdistan to see relatives in the capital Tehran. According to the Iranian police, Mahsa did not follow the rules, which legally require women in Iran to wear a hijab. Independent Iranian media outlet Iranwire reported police took Mahsa off the street earlier that night before she was allegedly beaten up at a station, where many women were held, on Vozara Avenue. Citing eyewitnesses, other media reports, meanwhile, claimed that Mahsa was arrested and beaten inside the morality police van while being taken away to a detention centre. READ MORE IN WORLD NEWSCOLD SHOULDER Russia says Queen's funeral snub is...
    SHOCKING footage has emerged of ‘morality police’ in Iran using a dog catcher’s pole to haul a woman into a van for not wearing a headscarf. The video shows the woman lying on the pavement struggling with a man and a woman who are holding her by the arm and leg. 2The woman struggling as she's dragged with the pole 2The woman being finally bundled into the vanCredit: CEN The footage was was posted to Twitter by Iranian journalist and activist Masih earlier this month and has since been viewed 112,800 times. It shows another female officer inside the van using the dog catchers’ pole with the noose around the woman's ankle to drag her into the van as she continues to struggle. The brutal footage continues with the female officer grabbing the woman by her hair and her and as her and her colleague try to force her into the vehicle. Despite her managing to force herself out briefly, the woman is eventually bundled in and the door slammed shut. The Alinejad wrote above the video: "Police use a catch pole to...
    This is the moment a woman was violently arrested in Iran using what appears to be a dog-catching pole for failing to wear a headscarf.  Video of the arrest posted online last week shows the woman being dragged by her hair through the streets of Tehran while seemingly snared by the catch pole, before being bundled into a 'morality police' van. Masih Alinejad, a prominent Iranian women's rights campaigner who uploaded the footage, said the woman was arrested for failing to wear a head covering - mandatory for women in the Islamic Republic. She dismissed Tehran police deputy chief Colonel Morad Moradi who said the woman had actually been arrested for being 'insulting and aggressive', saying police often 'make up other charges' for women who breach morality laws.  Iranian police in Tehran were filmed violently arresting a woman using what appears to be a dog-catching pole (circled above) 'Unveiled women [are accused] of prostitution or creating moral corruption,' she said. '[Police] are worried about how these videos causing negative reactions.' The footage, taken at an unknown location in Tehran, shows the...
    AN ISIS bride who urged fanatics to “spill American blood” has told how the terror group's brutal morality police punished her for wearing Nike trainers. Hoda Muthana, 25, has been caged inside the squalid al-Hawl camp in Syria with her young son since the death cult's demise and insists one day she could be a "model" US citizen. 5Hoda Muthana, 25, has been living in the squalid al-Hawl camp in SyriaCredit: Alba Sotorra/The Return: life after ISIS Her story features in a 90-minute documentary called 'The Return: Life After ISIS' which premiered at the South by SouthWest film festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this week. Muthana fled her home in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2014 and headed to battle-scarred Syria where she used social media to push for violence against the US. However she claims she soon discovered  ISIS was nothing more than a bloody "cult that wanted to use Islam to gain more power and more people and more money." The young mum said she had hoped that the Caliphate would be a "happy place with Muslims helping" each other out...
    An American-born ISIS bride has admitted that when Donald Trump tweeted she should never be allowed back into the US she 'lost all hope'. Hoda Muthana said that she had a 'meltdown' when the former President said he had effectively banned her from returning to the country she considers home. Muthana, 25, said that the tough language left her feeling that 'I didn't know what would happen to me.' She is currently living in the Roj refugee camp in Northern Syria with her two-year-old son after a federal judge ruled that because her father was a diplomat when she was born in Hackensack, New Jersey she is not an American citizen and so cannot return. Muthana is one of the stars of a 90-minute documentary The Return: Life After ISIS, which premiered this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.  Hoda Muthana, 25, joined ISIS in 2014 after embracing extremist ideology while living with her family in Alabama. Muthana is one of the stars of a 90-minute documentary The Return: Life After ISIS, which premiered...
    An Iranian undercover morality agent spat at teenage girls and asked them 'where's your dirty owner' after seeing them without a hijab.  In a shocking video, which has been circulating on social media, a man stops his car and gets out before hurling abuse at the youngsters.  During the heated exchange on the side of the road in Kermanshah, Iran, he says to the girls 'I'll f*** your mother' and claims their behaviour is 'immoral' while a police officer appears to do nothing about the incident.  The morality officer gets out of his car at the side of the road and he and his wife start shouting at the teenagers for not wearing hijabs in Kermanshah, Iran He asked the teenage girls 'where is your dirty owner?' and his wife tells them to apologise to her husband so he does not hit them Wearing a hijab has been compulsory for women in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979, a rule which is enforced by the state's morality police.  The video shows, as tensions between the man and the...
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