UN General Assembly – Iranian President Demands Editor’s Headscarf

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While there are protests against strict dress codes in Iran, President Ebrahim Raisi had people sit up and pay attention with a statement about the headscarf of all things. He asked CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour to wear a headscarf on the agreed interview date. He had this arranged through one of his employees.

It’s a matter of respect, he told the editor. He came to the interview in New York 40 minutes later in place of the president and suggested that Amanpour wear a headscarf.

But she rejected that, tweeted the longtime correspondent of the American broadcaster CNN. No Iranian president has ever demanded to wear a headscarf when interviewed outside of Iran. In New York, where the UN General Assembly is currently held, there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves.

Interview did not take place
The employee replied that an interview with Raisi could not take place if Amanpour did not wear a headscarf and referred to the current situation in Iran. The correspondent did not bow to the demand and left without an interview. “As the protests in Iran continue and people are being killed, a conversation with President Raisi would have been an important moment,” she said on Twitter. She also posted a photo of an empty chair in front of her.

As reported, 22-year-old Iranian Masha Amani was arrested by the vice squad about a week ago because her clothing was considered “un-Islamic”. At the police station, the young woman fell into a coma and was taken to a hospital. She died there last Friday. Since then, thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets against government and police violence.

US sanctions follow
At least 17 people are said to have died. Iranian media described arrests and massive restrictions on the internet. The US government announced sanctions against Iran’s vice squad and senior security officials. The vice squad is responsible for violence against Iranian women and violating the rights of peaceful protesters, the US Treasury Department said Thursday. For example, it was announced that all assets of those affected in the US would be frozen and that American citizens would no longer be allowed to do business with them.

Source: Krone

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