Mahsa Amini was not killed, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri has claimed, defending his government after the death of the 22-year-old in police custody in September this year, which sparked massive protests in the country and around the world. "She died," he added. Baqeri is currently in India for political consultations between the countries.
The minister accused the West of building a "baseless and deceptive atmosphere" about the demonstrations in Iran and leading to tension and chaos in his country. "Mahsa Amini was not killed, she passed away. We have seen the atmosphere created by some western media with regard to the development in Iran. This atmosphere is baseless and fallacious. We are seeing the rights of the Iranian nation being violated by these western powers," he told news agency ANI.
"The western powers don't talk about the people of Afghanistan, Palestine or Yemen. They don't denounce or condemn these actions. Who are the real killers of these people?" the minister said. Iran has seen one of the largest demonstrations of dissent in recent history following the death of Amini, who was detained by "morality police" on September 13 for allegedly violating the country's strict and mandatory hijab laws.
Iran has also reported the deaths of large numbers of security personnel since protests swept the Islamic nation.