NEWNow you can listen to the articles from Fox News!
Iranian police opened fire on protesters outraged over the alleged police murder of a 22-year-old woman on Monday, killing at least five, according to reports.
Thousands of protesters demonstrated across the country, concentrating around the capital Tehran and the north-eastern Kurdish region. Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died last week after being arrested for not wearing a veil in Tehran.
According to human rights groups, two of the police killings took place in Amini’s hometown of Saqez. Two others were killed in the Kurdish city of Divandarreh and a fifth was reportedly killed in the northeastern city of Dehgolan.
The Kurds are a minority group in Iran, numbering around 10 million. According to Reuters, the Iranian government is cutting off Internet access in the provincial capital of the Kurdish region, Sanandaj.
THE “MORAL POLICE” IRAN accused of killing a woman for not wearing the hijab correctly, sparking protests
THE IRANIAN LEADER APPEARS IN PUBLIC AFTER CANCELING THE COMMITMENTS DUE TO ILLNESS
Iranian authorities have allegedly rejected responsibility for Amini’s death, claiming she simply collapsed while in custody and fell into a coma. The woman’s family says they found evidence of beatings on her body when they arrived at the hospital, however, and she soon died from her injuries.
Many women who demonstrated after Amini’s death refused to wear the veil, with some burning the hijab on the street.
Iranian President Embrahim Raisi will speak at the UN General Assembly later this week. Lawmakers in the United States have asked President Biden to deny Raisi entry to the country to deliver the address in New York City.
“We are writing to urge you to deny US visas to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his delegation to attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this September”, 52 bipartisan lawmakers, led by the representative Young Kim, R-California, wrote Thursday in a letter to Biden.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The Biden administration did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.
Reuters contributed to this report.