Biden promises support for Iranian women as protests escalate IG News

US President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with Iranian women on Wednesday, as reports indicated eight deaths in escalating protests over the death of a young woman detained by ethics police.

Biden congratulated the protesters and reiterated his support for the resumption of the nuclear deal with Tehran, speaking at the United Nations shortly after Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi’s belligerent speech.

Biden told the General Assembly: “Today we stand with the brave people and brave women of Iran who are protesting right now to defend their basic rights.

Public anger in the Islamic republic has grown as authorities uncovered on Friday the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained for allegedly wearing the hijab in an “inappropriate” manner.

Activists said the woman, whose first name is Zina in Kurdish, had suffered a fatal head injury; Officials denied the claim and indicated that an investigation would be launched.

According to video footage shared on social media, several female protesters proudly tore off their hijabs and burned them in bonfires or symbolically cut their hair in front of spectators. Protesters in Tehran were heard shouting, “No headscarf, no turban, yes for freedom and equality!” At a rally that was echoed by similar demonstrations abroad.

For the sixth night in a row, protests broke out across Iran, mainly in the north, with activists reporting clashes in Urmiya and Sardasht, among other cities.

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