Iran protests rage as Mahsa Amini's father says authorities lied about her death

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(CNN)The begetter of an Iranian pistillate who died successful constabulary custody past week has accused authorities of lying astir her death, arsenic protests rage nationwide contempt the government's effort to curb dissent with an net blackout.

Amjad Amini, whose girl Mahsa died aft being arrested successful Tehran by morality police, said doctors had refused to fto him spot his girl aft her death.

Iranian officials person claimed she died aft suffering a "heart attack" and falling into a coma, but her household person said she had nary pre-existing bosom condition, according to Emtedad news, an Iranian pro-reform media outlet. Public skepticism implicit the officials' relationship of her decease has sparked an outpouring of anger that has spilled into deadly protests.

    "They're lying. They're telling lies. Everything is simply a prevarication ... nary substance however overmuch I begged, they wouldn't fto maine spot my daughter," Amjad Amini told BBC Persia connected Wednesday.

      When helium viewed his daughter's assemblage starring up to her ceremonial it was wholly wrapped but for her feet and look -- though helium noticed bruising connected her feet. "I person nary thought what they did to her," helium said.

      CNN could not independently verify his relationship with infirmary officials.

      A protestation  successful  Tehran, Iran, implicit    the decease  of Mahsa Amini, connected  September 21.

      CCTV footage released by Iran's authorities media showed Mahsa Amini collapsing astatine a "re-education" halfway wherever she was taken by the morality constabulary to person "guidance" connected her attire.

        Her decease has sparked an outpouring of anger that has snowballed to see issues ranging from freedoms successful the Islamic Republic to the crippling economical impacts of sanctions.

        Protests and deadly clashes with constabulary person breached retired successful towns and cities crossed Iran, contempt authorities' attempts to curb the dispersed of demonstrations done net blackouts.

        Internet blackouts

        Mobile networks person been mostly unopen down and entree to Instagram and Whatsapp person been restricted, net watchdog Netblocks said connected Wednesday evening. A 2nd "nation-scale" nonaccomplishment of connectivity successful Iran was reported by Netblocks connected Thursday.

        There was a near-total disruption to net entree successful parts of Iran's occidental Kurdistan state from Monday evening, and determination blackouts successful different parts of the state including Sanandaj and Tehran.

        Iranian women pain  their hijabs arsenic  hundreds protestation  decease  of Mahsa Amini

        This comes aft Iran's Minister of Communications warned that determination could beryllium net disruptions "for information purposes and discussions related to caller events," according to the country's semi-official ISNA quality agency.

        The past clip Iran saw specified a terrible blackout was erstwhile authorities tried to incorporate mass protests successful precocious 2019, aft substance prices accrued by arsenic overmuch arsenic 300%.

        At the time, Iran was taken astir wholly offline -- which Oracle's Internet Intelligence called the "largest net shutdown ever observed successful Iran."

        This week, respective Iranian authorities authorities websites -- including the authoritative sites of the President and of Iran's Central Bank -- were besides offline, with the hacker corporate Anonymous claiming responsibility.

        Dozens of radical   signifier    a objection  to protestation  the decease  of Mahsa Amini successful  Tehran, Iran, connected  September 21.

        "(Greetings) Citizens of Iran. This is simply a connection from Anonymous to each Iran. We are present and we are with you," a societal media relationship affiliated with the radical tweeted connected Tuesday.

        "We enactment your determination for bid against brutality and massacres. We cognize that your determination stems not from vengeance, but from your longing for justice. All tyrants volition autumn earlier your courage. Long unrecorded escaped Iranian women."

        The hacker corporate besides took work for temporarily taking down the website of Iran's government-aligned Fars quality bureau aboriginal Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from Anonymous. The website has since travel backmost online.

        Growing fury implicit deadly clashes

        At slightest 8 people, including a teenager, person been killed successful caller days due to clashes astatine the protests, according to the quality rights radical Amnesty International.

        At slightest 4 of those 8 "died from injuries sustained from information forces firing metallic pellets astatine adjacent range," said Amnesty successful a study published Wednesday.

        Four others were changeable by information forces, Amnesty said, citing sources successful Iran. It added that eyewitness accounts and video investigation amusement a signifier of "Iranian information forces unlawfully and repeatedly firing metallic pellets straight astatine protesters."

        Riot constabulary were mobilized to disperse protesters Wednesday nighttime successful the superior Tehran, and were seen arresting respective people, according to eyewitnesses who did not privation to beryllium named for information reasons.

        A bin burning successful  the mediate  of an intersection during a protestation  successful  Tehran, Iran, connected  September 20.

        The riot constabulary deployed teardrop gas, with a "heavy-handed crackdown" adjacent Tehran University, said an eyewitness.

        Another eyewitness successful the city's eastbound territory said protesters were heard shouting "Death to the dictator," a notation to Iran's Supreme Leader, and "I termination anyone who killed my sister," referring to Amini.

        Videos from protests nationwide amusement radical destroying posters of the Supreme Leader, and women burning their hijabs and cutting disconnected their hairsbreadth successful a symbolic amusement of defiance.

        CNN has reached retired to the constabulary and Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), which joined riot constabulary connected Wednesday nighttime successful Tehran, for comment.

        The IRGC issued a informing to protesters successful a connection Thursday, and called connected the judiciary to place radical liable for spreading "rumors" connected societal media.

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        The IRGC accused protesters of "rioting" and "vandalism," and called connected the constabulary to "protect the information of the nation."

        Meanwhile, Fars quality bureau reported Thursday that 2 members of Iran's Basij paramilitary enactment -- a unpaid paramilitary radical connected to the IRGC -- were killed separately during protests successful Iranian provinces.

        "Rioters" stabbed 1 Basij subordinate successful Tabriz, the superior metropolis of northwestern Iran's East Azerbaijan province, Fars reported. State-run Al Alam said that different Basij subordinate was killed successful Qazvin province.

        A propaganda-style video titled "When the Basij Enters," published by Fars connected Thursday, allegedly showed Basij members connected motorcycles clearing barricades and detaining men connected the street. The video does not specify a determination oregon a date.

        International activists and leaders person besides expressed interest astir the protests and alleged constabulary violence.

        Sweden's Foreign Minister said connected Wednesday that Sweden stands with Iranians mourning Amini, and demanded that authorities respect their close to peaceful protest. Germany besides called connected Iranian authorities to "allow peaceful demonstrations and, supra all, not to usage immoderate further violence" during a quality league connected Wednesday.

          British Foreign Office Minister Tariq Ahmad said the United Kingdom was "extremely acrophobic astatine reports of superior mistreatment of Ms Amini, and galore others, by the information forces."

          "The usage of unit successful effect to the look of cardinal rights, by women oregon immoderate different members of Iranian society, is wholly unjustifiable," his connection said.

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