US manipulates Mahsa Amini’s death to incite ‘regime change’ in Iran

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The unfortunate death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, in police custody in the capital Tehran last week has sparked angry protests inside and outside the country, to the point that the incident, which is still under investigation, has the imagination of people and media around the world.

Amini, from the city of Saqqez in Iran’s West Kurdistan Province, was in Tehran to meet her relatives when she was arrested and taken to the headquarters of the Moral Security Police for violating the Islamic dress code.

As CCTV footage released by police later showed Mahsa passed out inside the police office, without any physical contact, after which she was transferred to a hospital in Tehran, where she was declared dead.

His tragic death caused grief and shock across the country. On social media, Persian tweets with the hashtag “#MahsaAmini” have become a global trend. Massive demonstrations took place in Tehran and other major Iranian cities to protest his mysterious death.

Senior Iranian authorities, including President Ebrahim Raeisi, intervened immediately and ordered thorough investigations into the incident and assured protesters that the truth would prevail.

However, this did not allay the concerns of some so-called “protesters”, who raised the stakes. Soon, as we have seen, the protests turned into deadly riots, with unruly mobs rampaging through different cities.

They attacked public property, torched ambulances, vandalized banks and mosques, torched the flag of the Islamic Republic and fatally stabbed police officers patrolling the streets.

By the time this article was filed, the death toll from the nationwide riots had risen to 41. Western regimes and mainstream Western media continue to encourage the thugs.

Azizullah Maleki, the police chief of northern Iran’s Gilan province, said more than 739 rioters were arrested in different parts of the province following Amini’s death.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency quoted the police chief as saying that a large cache of weaponsammunition and explosives were seized from the possession of rioters during the arrests, indicating a foreign-backed plot.

If, as the Western mainstream media portrays them, these rioters are peaceful protesters calling for justice and accountability, why would they injure other civilians, cut the throats of police officers, vandalize public property or transport weapons, ammunition and explosives?

Take for example the events of January 6, 2021 in Washington. Compared to the way the United States ruthlessly treated unarmed protesters on the Capitol grounds that day, Iranian forces showed the utmost restraint in the face of rioters who brazenly took the law into their own hands, stabbing police officers and dragging them through the streets with video proof of their crimes documented online.

Just two days ago, one of those who stormed into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 was sentenced to four years in prison. This man was not carrying an assault weapon nor did he slit a policeman’s throat. But mainstream Western media want Iranian authorities to let the armed rioters run wild.

Along with rumors and conflicting accounts doing the rounds on the internet about what some activists have called a “politically appetizing question”, a series of global condemnations have started pouring in against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The White House called Amini’s death a “gross and appalling violation of human rights”, despite video proof of her collapsing on her own inside the police station, without any strength.

Tehran’s director general of forensic medicine, Dr Mehdi Forozche, said in his report that there were no signs of beatings or injuries as well as no bleeding or ruptures in his internal organs, ruling out any foul play. in his death.

Yet you see the White House blatantly playing the “human rights card” and assuming high morals while the US government itself has spent over $1.5 billion settling allegations of police misconduct involving thousands of officers repeatedly accused of wrongdoing.

This, after the worrying trend of fatal police shootings in the United States is only increasing year after year, with a total of 730 civilians having been shot, including 71 black people, as of September 8, 2022. In 2021, there have been 1 055 deaths in police shootings, and in 2020 about 1,020.

Are we really surprised at the opportunism of the American regime and the use of human rights as a tool to bring about colored revolutions of “regime change” in countries like the Islamic Republic of Iran which refuse to submit to the political, economic and military belligerence of the United States?

Are we surprised that Western-affiliated and funded news sites and social media platforms are inundated with articles, blogs and podcasts directing public opinion against Iran with direct incitement and mobilization clear, and a discussion on public and individual freedoms in Tehran? It’s an easy NO.

Regardless of the fact that investigations into Amini’s tragic death are ongoing, media coverage in the West and some Arab countries has continued to focus on the incident itself, twisting and twisting it to fit. their grim diaries, while saying nothing about the current situation. probes.

They continue to incite the unruly and bloodthirsty mobs against the Iranian police and government while imagining that the innocent blood spilled on the streets will end the Islamic Revolution and reinstall a pro-Western regime in Tehran. This is pure wishful thinking.

Western media continue to portray the protests-turned-riots in Iran as a sign of fundamental socio-political change in the country, suggesting that rioters make up the majority of people acting on their own.

Those who burn the Iranian flag, vandalize public property, attack ambulances or shout “regime change” slogans are a handful of thugs working for Western agencies.

The majority are those who proudly took to the streets of Tehran and other major Iranian cities on Friday, reaffirming their sacred commitment to the ideals of the Islamic revolution and the martyrs who gave their blood to keep the revolution alive. Their blood is the red line.

Dr. Marwa Osman is a Lebanese-based university assistant professor, writer, political commentator and producer-presenter of Press TV from The MidEaStream To display.

(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)

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