LONDON ERUPTS: Number of police injured as anti-Iranian protests condemning death of Mahsa Amini turn violent

LONDON ERUPTS: Number of police injured as anti-Iranian protests condemning death of Mahsa Amini turn violent
Protests have reportedly turned violent in London over death of Mahsa Amini in Iran (Twitter/ @1500tasvir and @MENAsolidarity)

LONDON, UK: Demonstrations in London over the custodial death of the 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini have reportedly turned violent. Multiple police officers were wounded in clashes. Five cops have even landed in the hospital because of critical injuries, like broken bones, while a number of people have been taken into custody for alleged violent disorder.

Mahsa Amini died on September 16 after she was arrested for not wearing her hijab as tightly as dictated by strict Iranian law. Her death reportedly happened because of police torture and has triggered protests from across Iran as well as in several countries around the world, including the UK. In Britain's capital, protestors have called for the abolishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, The Daily Mail reported.

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On Sunday, September 25, Scotland Yard claimed that demonstrators turned violent near the Iranian embassy in London. The chaos also spread to Marble Arch and Maida Vale, and as a result, a Section 35 dispersal order was put in place. Commander Karen Findlay said, “We respect the right of people to protest peacefully and always work with organisers to make that possible, but we will not tolerate unprovoked attacks on our officers as we have seen today or protest that leaves other communities feeling unsafe.”

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Findlay continued, “We have officers in hospital tonight because they were attacked in what was a significant outbreak of violent disorder. We will make sure they get the support they need. We have already made a number of arrests, but we know there are people who were not caught tonight who committed serious offences,” before adding, “In the coming days, we will be using all the tools at our disposal - including CCTV and other footage - to identify those people and bring them to justice.”

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The Met Police also released a statement after the violence and noted, “During the afternoon of Sunday, 25 September a large number of protesters gathered at the location, with a substantial group intent on causing disorder. Further police resources were brought in to support those on the ground after protesters attempted to breach police lines and had thrown missiles at officers.”

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“Five arrests have been made for offences including violent disorder. A significant policing presence will remain in and around the area to monitor the situation,” the Met Police added.

This comes after Amini’s cousin, Erfan Mortezaei, has come forward and accused Iran's morality police of killing her. Mortezaei told Sky News that his cousin was shopping with other family members, including her brother Ashkan, in Tehran when she was arrested. He said: “Ashkan tried to explain to them they were not in their home city, and were strangers in Tehran, so please take that into consideration and pleaded not to be taken away.”

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People gather in protest against the death of Mahsa Amini along the streets on September 19, 2022 in Tehran, Iran. 22-year-old Mahsa Amini fell into a coma and died after being arrested in Tehran by the morality police, for allegedly violating the countries hijab rules. Amini's death has sparked days of violent protests across Iran, which has so far seen more the five people killed. (Photo by Getty Images)
People gather in protest against the death of Mahsa Amini along the streets on September 19, 2022 in Tehran, Iran. 22-year-old Mahsa Amini fell into a coma and died after being arrested in Tehran by the morality police, for allegedly violating the countries hijab rules. Amini's death has sparked days of violent protests across Iran, which has so far seen more the five people killed. (Photo by Getty Images)

“In the struggle the police officers pepper-sprayed Ashkan in the face and forced Mahsa into the van and take her to the morality police station. During the journey to the police station she was tortured and insulted,” the relative of Amini claimed.

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Protesters, mainly expatriate Iranians and including a lesbian couple holding hands, gather to demonstrate against the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran on September 23, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Amini, 22, was arrested by Iranian authorities in Tehran on September 13 for not wearing her headscarf properly and died three days afterwards, apparently due to a severe head injury. Her death has sparked demonstrations across Iran nationwide that have spiralled into violence and left dozens of protesters dead. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Protesters, mainly expatriate Iranians, including a lesbian couple holding hands, gather to demonstrate against the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran on September 23, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Amini, 22, was arrested by Iranian authorities in Tehran on September 13 for not wearing her headscarf properly and died three days afterwards, apparently due to a severe head injury. Her death has sparked demonstrations across Iran nationwide that have spiralled into violence and left dozens of protesters dead. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

He also went on to explain that by the time the victim reached the police station, her condition worsen. Sky News citing Mortezaei reported, “it took 30 minutes for ambulance workers to reach her and an hour and a half before she got to hospital.” The cousin added: “There is a report from Kasra hospital [in Tehran] that says effectively by the time she reached the hospital she was already dead from a medical point of view. She suffered a concussion from a blow to the head.”

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