International Desk: Protests are going on in Iran over the death of a young woman named Mahsa Amini in police custody. So far 76 people have been reported killed in clashes with the police during the protests. Amini's death is blamed by central Tehran for inciting protests against the West, including the United States. On Monday (September 26), the Iranian authorities made such a complaint.
Iran accuses the United States of supporting the protesters and seeking to destabilize the Islamic Republic. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement that Washington is always trying to undermine Iran's stability and security, although it has repeatedly failed.
On his Instagram page, Kanani accused the leaders of the United States and some European countries of abusing a tragic event in support of "rioters" and the presence of millions of people in the country's streets and squares.
Iran has strict veiling rules, including mandatory hijab for women in public. The country's 'morality' police are there to enforce these rules. A team of ethics police arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Tehran on September 13. Amini visited Tehran with his family. After being detained, Mahsaimini fell ill at the police station and was admitted to the hospital. Mahsa Amini died under treatment on September 16. There is a storm of condemnation in this incident.
Many people, including young women, protested on the streets of Iran. Some of the women who took part in the protest took off their hijabs and burned them. Some cut their hair in public. Protests also demanded the resignation of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Al Khamenei.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that the country would impose sanctions on Iran's morality police unit and its leadership, including those responsible for Amini's death. "We've seen Iran repeatedly ignore human rights, now we're seeing a crackdown on protests over the death of Mahsa Amini," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.
On Monday, Germany summoned Iran's ambassador to Berlin, urging Tehran to end its crackdown and allow peaceful protests.
Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on the country's morality police for allegedly torturing Iranian women and that it blamed the unit for Amini's death.
Meanwhile, Tehran has summoned the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and Norway assigned to Iran on Sunday. The two countries' ambassadors were summoned on charges of incitement to protests across Iran over the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in police custody.
Earlier in 2019, there were massive protests in Iran against the increase in fuel prices.