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US imposes sanctions on Iran’s moral police after Mercer Amini’s death – National

On Thursday, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on leaders of Iran’s moral police and other government agencies, who violated Iran’s dress code and wore Islamic hats too loosely.

The sanctions come after at least nine protesters have been killed in clashes with Iranian security forces since riots broke out over the weekend over the death of 22-year-old Masa Amini.

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The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has also sanctioned leaders of Iran’s Ministry of Information and Security, the Army’s ground forces, the Basij Resistance Force, and other law enforcement agencies, sanctioning assets they hold and access to bank accounts. Access denied.in the United States

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“These officials have been accused of using violence routinely to suppress peaceful protesters and members of Iran’s civil society, political dissidents, women’s rights activists, and members of Iran’s Baha’i community. is overseeing,” the Ministry of Finance said in a news release.

Morality police detained Amini last week for not properly covering her hair with the Islamic headscarf known as the hijab, which is mandatory for Iranian women. She Amini collapsed at the police station and she died three days later.


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Death of woman in Iran’s ‘morality police’ custody sparks outrage

Police say she died of a heart attack and deny she was abused.The government released video footage that allegedly showed the moment she collapsed. According to her family, she had no history of heart disease and her death in police custody prompted a bold defiance from protesters in the face of her beating and possible arrest. was triggered.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the United States is calling on the Iranian government to “end violence against women and the ongoing violent crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly.”

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“Martha Amini was a brave woman and her death in moral police custody was just another act of brutality against her own people by the Iranian regime’s security forces,” Yellen said.

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Amini’s death prompted Iranians to take to the streets of Tehran and elsewhere. Many Iranians, especially young people, have come to view her death as part of the Islamic Republic’s dissident crackdown and moral police’s increasingly violent treatment of young women.

An Iranian state television anchor suggested the mass protests could have killed as many as 17 people, but did not say how that number was reached.

Iran faces global condemnation over Amini’s death, with the United Nations Office for Human Rights calling for an investigation.

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US imposes sanctions on Iran’s moral police after Mercer Amini’s death – National

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