Iran. Nika Shakarami is dead. The 16-year-old’s body was stolen by the services

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Nika Shakarami she was one of the thousands who took to the streets after Mahsa Amini’s death. The 22-year-old died after Iranian moral police intervened, who felt her headdress was insufficiently covering her hair.

Nika went missing on September 20 while she was attending in the protests in Tehran. In a recent telephone conversation with a friend, she said she was being pursued by the security services.

“If you have any information about her, please contact us” – the teen’s aunt appealed on Twitter Atash Shahkarami.

After ten days of searching, the family found the body of the 16-year-old in a morgue in Tehran’s remand center. The relatives were not allowed to see the whole body of the deceased, only her head was exposed for a few seconds. According to media reports, the teenager had a broken nose and a broken skull. The injuries indicated that they were hit with a police baton.

On Sunday, October 2, Atash Shahkarami informed that the body of the teenager had been moved to her father’s hometown – Khorramabad in the south of the country. She also invited all interested parties to Niki’s “last birthday”. The girl would be 17 on Sunday.

According to BBC News, Atash was arrested the same day after a raid on a woman’s home. The rest of the family, under duress, agreed not to organize a public funeral for the teenager.

However, this was not enough for the authorities to avoid publicity and a potential mass protest at the service cemetery they stole the body of a teenager and buried it in the village of Veysian, 40 kilometers from Khorramabad.

However, preventive actions did not work. Hundreds of protesters gathered at the cemetery in Khorramabad, chanting, among others, “death to the dictator” and calling on Ayatollah Khamenei to resign.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei It said on Monday that ongoing demonstrations and riots in the country had been “planned” and were not the work of “ordinary Iranians.” Khamenei described the 22-year-old’s death as “a bitter incident” which he admitted “broke his heart”. He judged that “some people have led to a decline in security in the country’s streets” and that the riots in Iran since September 16 were “planned”.

Ayatollah also expressed his support for the security forces, which he believes are experiencing “injustice” at present.

According to data published on Sunday by the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), protests in Iran since mid-September have killed at least 133 people at the hands of security forces.

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