DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran confronted worldwide criticism on Tuesday over the loss of life of a lady held by its morality police, which ignited three days of protests, together with clashes with safety forces within the capital and different unrest that claimed at the least three lives.

The U.N. human rights workplace known as for an investigation. The US, which is attempting to revive the 2015 nuclear cope with Iran, known as on the Islamic Republic to finish its “systemic persecution” of girls. Italy additionally condemned her loss of life.

Iranian officers dismissed the criticism as politically motivated and accused unnamed overseas nations of fomenting the unrest.

Individually, an Iranian official mentioned three individuals had been killed by unnamed armed teams within the Kurdish area of the nation the place the protests started, the primary official affirmation of deaths linked to the unrest.

Afterward Monday, the semiofficial Fars information company reported that small teams of protesters had once more gathered in downtown Tehran, chanting “Dying to the dictator.” It mentioned the gang numbered round 300 and that the protesters broken road indicators.

The governor of Tehran province, Mohsen Mansouri, accused overseas embassies of fanning the protests and mentioned three overseas nationals had been arrested. He didn’t specify the nationality of the embassies or the detainees.

TOPSHOT – A photograph obtained by AFP exterior Iran exhibits a demonstrator elevating his arms and makes the victory signal throughout a protest for Mahsa Amini, a lady who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s “morality police”, in Tehran on September 19, 2022. – Recent protests broke out on September 19 in Iran over the loss of life of a younger girl who had been arrested by the “morality police” that enforces a strict gown code, native media reported. Public anger has grown since authorities on Friday introduced the loss of life of Mahsa Amini, 22, in a hospital after three days in a coma, following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police throughout a go to to the capital on September 13. (Photograph by AFP) (Photograph by -/AFP through Getty Photos)

The U.N. physique mentioned Iran’s morality police have expanded their patrols in latest months, concentrating on ladies for not correctly carrying the Islamic headband, often called hijab. It mentioned verified movies present ladies being slapped within the face, struck with batons and thrown into police vans for carrying the hijab too loosely.

An analogous patrol detained 22-year-old Mahsa Amini final Tuesday, taking her to a police station the place she collapsed. She died three days later. Iranian police have denied mistreating Amini and say she died of a coronary heart assault. Authorities say they’re investigating the incident.

“Mahsa Amini’s tragic loss of life and allegations of torture and ill-treatment should be promptly, impartially and successfully investigated by an unbiased competent authority,” mentioned Nada Al-Nashif, the appearing U.N. excessive commissioner for human rights.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Amini “must be alive as we speak.”

“As an alternative, the USA and the Iranian individuals mourn her. We name on the Iranian authorities to finish its systemic persecution of girls and to permit peaceable protest,” he tweeted.

Italy’s International Ministry known as for “the perpetrators of this cowardly act” to be held to account, saying “violence in opposition to harmless individuals, particularly ladies and ladies, can by no means be tolerated.”

Iranian International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian rejected the criticism, accusing the U.S. of “shedding crocodile tears.”

“An investigation was ordered into (the) tragic loss of life of Mahsa, who, as (the) President mentioned, was identical to our personal daughters,” he tweeted. “To Iran, human rights are of inherent worth — in contrast to those that see it (as) a device in opposition to adversaries.”

Iranian police launched closed-circuit video footage final week purportedly displaying the second Amini collapsed. However her household says she had no historical past of coronary heart hassle.

Amjad Amini, her father, advised an Iranian information web site that witnesses noticed her being shoved right into a police automotive.

“I requested for entry to (movies) from cameras contained in the automotive in addition to courtyard of the police station, however they gave no reply,” he mentioned. He additionally accused the police of not transferring her to the hospital promptly sufficient, saying she may have been resuscitated.

He mentioned that when he arrived on the hospital he was not allowed to view the physique, however managed to get a glimpse of bruising on her foot.

Authorities then pressured him to bury her at night time, apparently to cut back the probability of protests, however Amini mentioned the household satisfied them to allow them to bury her at 8 a.m. as an alternative.

Amini, who was Kurdish, was buried Saturday in her dwelling metropolis of Saqez in western Iran. Protests erupted there after her funeral and police fired tear fuel to disperse demonstrators on Saturday and Sunday. A number of protesters had been arrested.

The governor of Iran’s Kurdistan province, Esmail Zarei Kousha, advised Fars that three individuals had been killed by unnamed armed teams, linking the violence to the unrest.

He didn’t establish the victims, however mentioned one was killed within the city of Divandarreh by a weapon not utilized by Iranian safety forces. He mentioned the second physique was present in a automotive close to Saqez and that the third killing was “fully” suspicious.

The province has seen previous violence between Iranian safety forces and Kurdish separatists.

The protests unfold to Tehran and different cities on Monday. A information web site affiliated with state TV mentioned 22 individuals had been arrested at a protest within the northern metropolis of Rasht.

State TV confirmed footage of protests on Monday, together with pictures of two police automobiles with their home windows smashed. It mentioned the protesters torched two motorbikes as nicely, and that they burned Iranian flags in Kurdish areas and Tehran.

The state-run broadcaster blamed the unrest on overseas nations and exiled opposition teams, accusing them of utilizing Amini’s loss of life as a pretext for extra financial sanctions.

Iran has seen waves of protests in recent years, primarily over a long-running financial disaster exacerbated by Western sanctions linked to the nation’s nuclear program. Authorities have managed to quash the protests by pressure.

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