Iranian authorities have arrested an uncle of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old of Kurdish origins who died while being held by the police for violating the Islamic republic’s dress rules.
The arrest of Mahsa’s uncle
Mahsa’s uncle, 30-year-old Safa Aeli, was arrested by security forces in the western Iranian city of Saqqez and transferred to an undisclosed location. This was announced by various human rights organizations in various press releases. The authorities, according to the Hengaw organization, used a convoy of five vehicles to surround Aeli’s residence without apparently producing any legal warrant. The city of Saqqez, where Mahsa Amini was from, is under close scrutiny as the first anniversary of the girl’s death, who died on September 16, 2022, approaches, hotels do not accept guests from outside and security cameras have also been strewn around the tomb by Mahsa.
The death of Mahsa Amini
Mahsa died on 16 September after being taken into custody by the morality police for not wearing the veil correctly. The 22-year-old was on holiday with her family when she was arrested by the morals police for “inappropriate clothing” as a tuft of hair was sticking out of the veil she was wearing. Shortly after her arrest, the girl fell into a coma and died in the Tehran hospital, where she had been hospitalized. Her death triggered a wave of anti-government protests in various cities of Iran that went on for several months and were harshly repressed.