Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi refused to appear in an interview just because the female anchor refused to accept his appeal to wear a ‘hijab’.
Demonstrations against ‘hijab’ intensify in Iran.
Iran After the death of Mahsa Amini, the anger about the ‘hijab’ intensified. There is arson on the streets. Cars are being set on fire. Police stations are being set on fire. Even women are burning the hijab during the protest. After the death of Amini in police custody, the fire of anger has spread across the country. It is being told that at least 50 cities are facing the brunt of the protests. While the whole of Tehran has united against the ‘hijab’, on the other hand Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi refused to appear in an interview just because the female anchor did not accept his suggestion to wear ‘hijab’ .
Actually, Raisi’s interview was scheduled with an experienced female news anchor in America. This interview was to be held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. President Ibrahim was to be interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who is of Iranian descent. However, at the last moment the President refused to appear in the interview, because British-Iranian journalist Christian did not agree to the head covering. Explaining this on Twitter, Christian said, ‘After several weeks of planning, eight hours of lighting, cameras and translation equipment, we were all set, but just 40 minutes before the interview an aide of President Ibrahim came He told me that the President has asked me to wear a headscarf because the holy month of Muharram and Safar is going on.
This was going to be President Raisi’s first ever interview on US soil, during his visit to NY for UNGA. After weeks of planning and eight hours of setting up translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi. 2/7
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022
‘No president ever said that’
Amanpur further said, ‘I politely refused to do so. We’re in New York, where there is no law or tradition on headscarves. I told him (aide) that no Iranian president ever asked him to wear a headscarf in an interview outside Iran. It is being told that this was Raisi’s first interview in America, which could not happen. Let us tell you that the beginning of the demonstrations in Iran is the result of outrage over the death of a young woman, Mehsa Amini, arrested for allegedly violating a strictly enforced dress code by the country’s Morality Police.
More than 10 people died in the demonstration
The US, the European Union and the United Nations have strongly condemned Amini’s death. Police say she died of a heart attack and was not abused, but her family has raised doubts about it. Independent UN experts said on Thursday that reports showed Morality police had beaten him up badly without providing evidence. He has demanded a fair investigation to hold the culprits accountable. More than 10 people are reported to have died in the demonstrations spread across the country.
(with agency input)