Mahsa Amini’s death in Iranian police custody is making waves across the world, including in the U.S., where CNN’s Christiane Amanpour canceled an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi over the demand that she wears a headscarf.
“I politely declined,”Amanpour stated this on Twitter. “We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition requiring headscarves.”
Amanpour, a British-Iranian woman, posted on Twitter Thursday about her interview with Raisi. He pointed out that it would be his first interview in America. “Forty minutes after the interview had been due to start, an aide came over,”She tweeted. “The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar.”
After she politely declined the offer, the aide suggested it was “a matter of respect” considering the protests around the country over 22-year-old’s Amini’s arrest for improperly wearing a headscarf and her subsequent death.
“Again, I said that I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition,” Amanpour tweeted. “And so we walked away. The interview didn’t happen.”
She explained that the interview took weeks to prepare and that her team spent eight hours setting-up lights, cameras, and translation equipment. “As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would have been an important moment to speak with President Raisi.”
Protests broke out in 80 Iranian cities, with state-organized counter-protests starting Friday. Pro-government protestors demanded the execution of “offenders of the Koran”Chanted “Death to America” “Death to Israel.”According to Reuters.
According to Iranian media reports, Iran also shut down mobile Internet connections and blocked access to Instagram (and WhatsApp) social media platforms. These popular social media platforms are used by citizens to share information and videos about the protests. Wired.
There has been a lot of backlash against the government’s wage increases. Video footage showed women throwing off their headscarves into a bonfire while others cut their hair publicly in protest.
This comes after Amini’s death last week. Officials claim she was wrongly wearing a headscarf and suffered a heart attack. She spent two days in a hospital coma before finally succumbing to her injuries.
This is however not the common belief. Her family refutes the story, claiming that she did not have any health conditions prior to her heart attack.
UN independent human rights specialists sided with her family and condemned her death while she was being held in police custody. “victim of Iran’s sustained repression and systemic discrimination against women,”In a statement
“We strongly condemn the use of physical violence against women and the denial of fundamental human dignity when enforcing compulsory hijab policies ordained by State authorities,”The statement was continued. “We call on the Iranian authorities to hold an independent, impartial, and prompt investigation into Ms Amini’s death, make the findings of the investigation public and hold all perpetrators accountable”.
Amnesty International has also spoken out against Iran’s actions, and added that President Raisi should not be “given a platform on the world stage”New York: The United Nations General Assembly
The group also condemned violence against protesters. Experts estimate that more than 30 people were killed in protests over the past week. BBC Persian.