the grave of Mahsa Aminia young Iranian Kurdish woman whose death sparked a large-scale protest movement against Iranian political and religious leaders, was attacked, according to militants and the family’s lawyer.
The France-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) stated that the tomb, where her Kurdish name Zhina is seen in large Persian letters, was attacked on the morning of May 21.
Images published by social networks, which would come from his brother Ashkan’s Instagram account, showed that the glass protecting a portrait of Amini on the tombstone was broken.
“Unfortunately on Sunday morning, people we already know and who have acted in the same way in the past, attacked the grave of Zhina Mahsa Amini,” said the family’s lawyer Saleh Nikbakht in a statement published by KHRN. He did not specify who the individuals were, adding that the authorities intervened earlier to prevent the construction of a protective canopy over the grave.
Mahsa Amini, 22 years old, died on september 16after being detained by the morality police when she was visiting Tehran with her brother and her cousins.
Accused of wearing “inappropriate” attire, she was taken to the premises of the police in charge of enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.
Mahsa Amini passed out in an office after an exchange with a police officer, according to a brief surveillance video released by authorities. The young woman herself died three days later in the hospital.
The state denies any involvement in his death. The family says that he died from a blow to the head while in custodybut authorities say it was due to previous health problems.
The epitaph engraved on his tomb reads: “You have not died Mahsa, your name becomes a symbol.”
For many, Masha embodies the fight against veiling and becomes the unifying figure of the protest.
(With information from AFP)
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