According to state media, the death toll from protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody has risen to 35.
Since protests erupted last Saturday following the funeral of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, who died after being detained by the morality police in Tehran on September 13 for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly, 35 protesters and policemen have been killed, Iranian state television said late on Friday.
In spite of her family and many in Iran saying she was the victim of police brutality, authorities have sought to pin blame on her death on a heart attack. Authorities have promised a thorough investigation into Amini’s death.
With protesters calling for justice and accountability, her death has triggered a wave of angry protests in Iran over the past week.
The official death toll would be announced by Iranian authorities later, which have not given a full accounting of the casualties so far, state television said.
Condemnation from many world leaders and human rights groups, including the US, has been drawn by the incident, the latter of which has sanctioned Iran’s morality police in response to the “abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protestors.”