Iranian police called Massa Amini’s death an “unfortunate incident” and denied she suffered bodily harm while in custody, the semi-official news agency Fars News said on Monday.
Amini, 22, was stopped and detained by Iran’s morality police in Tehran on Tuesday, and died on Friday after falling into a coma.
CCTV footage released by Iranian state media showed her collapsing at a “re-education” centre, where she was taken away by the ethics police and given “instructions” on her dress code.
“This incident is unfortunate for us and we hope we will never witness such an incident,” Greater Tehran police commander Hussein Rahimi told a news conference on Monday.
Rahimi said Iranian police had been charged with “false charges” and that Amini was not physically harmed during and after his detention.
He added that police had made “every effort” to keep her alive.
Iranian officials have said Amini died of a “heart attack” after her arrest on Tuesday, but her family said she had no pre-existing heart disease, according to Emtedad news, a pro-reform outlet in Iran. To Amini’s father.
Students took to the streets in Tehran on Monday to demand justice and accountability for Amini’s death, as protesters clashed with police in the Iranian city in northwestern Kurdistan over the weekend, the semi-official news agency said.
A video circulated on social media on Monday showed women in Tehran removing and waving their headscarves while chanting “death to the dictator”. Another video showed a motorcycle burning on the street near the capital’s justice building.
Fars, a news outlet allied with the government, released a video showing protesters demonstrating in the Kurdistan provincial capital of Sanandaj on Sunday night and chanting slogans against officials.
According to Fars, protesters “did not believe” the police explanation for Amini’s death, saying she died “under torture.”
Security forces fired tear gas at protesters after Saturday’s funeral in Amini’s hometown of Sacquez, Fars said, while demonstrators demanding answers allegedly turned to the governor’s office, according to the semi-official Mel News. Throw rocks.
At least 38 people were injured during protests in the two cities, according to a report released Sunday by the Norwegian-registered group Hengaw Human Rights, which monitors human rights abuses in Iran.
The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Robert Marley, called on Iran on Friday to “stop inappropriate violence against women in the exercise of their fundamental rights.”
“Those responsible for her death should be held accountable,” he added.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said he “categorically rejects any interventionist remarks by the US authorities concerning Iran’s internal affairs”.
“If the U.S. government is concerned about the Iranian nation, it should lift the brutal, unilateral and illegal blockade of the Iranian nation that has been in place for decades,” he added.