Mahsa Amini’s family members arrested in Iran after the commemoration at the 22-year-old’s grave
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Mahsa Amini’s family members arrested in Iran after the commemoration at the 22-year-old’s grave

The arrest, however, came immediately after the large street demonstration staged in Iranian Kurdistan 40 days after the death of Mahsa Amini which, despite being banned by the Iranian authorities, has gathered thousands of people.

The Iranian authorities arrested Mahsa Amini’s family and placed them under house arrest after the commemoration at the 22-year-old’s grave yesterday in Saqqez, where the young woman is buried. The news was reported by the Arab broadcaster Al Arabiya without specifying the accusations made by the relatives of the girl killed by the police on 6 September in Tehran, during an arrest triggered because she did not wear the veil correctly.

The arrest, however, came immediately after the large street demonstration staged in Iranian Kurdistan 40 days after the death of Mahsa Amini which, despite having been banned by the Iranian authorities, gathered thousands of people.

Moreover, in recent days threats had already arrived to the Amini family who, according to the security forces, should not have organized any commemoration in honor of her daughter. But threats have not had any effect with the family who actively participated in the event, again publicly accusing the authorities of Tehran of the murder of Mahsa Amini.

“We hold the Iranian authorities responsible for the killing of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the security forces”, confirmed Irfan Murtazai, Mahsa’s cousin and family spokesperson. The man stressed that the 20-year-old girl had never had a stroke, as the authorities said, but she was in good health. “This is not the first time that the country’s authorities have promoted these myths. Every time a citizen dies under torture, the authorities promote different stories,” he said.

According to Murtazai, Iranian security officers are torturing all those arrested during the protests and have turned the cities of the Kurdistan province into a military area where they repressed the protesters.

Yesterday thousands of people took to the streets in the city of Saqqaz, Mahsa’s hometown on the anniversary of his death, despite threats from the authorities. The police fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse the crowd.