as Iran Violence erupts over the death of a young woman in the custody of “moral police” CNNChief International Correspondent of Christian AmanpourShe had her own run-in with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi on a headscarf.
Raisi abruptly withdrew from a long-planned interview in New York after Amanpour declined her last-minute request to wear a headscarf. “It was very disturbing,” Amanpour said on Thursday CNN’s “New Day.”
The unusual confrontation took place when protesters clashed with the police following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She was arrested last week by Iranian “ethics” police because her scarf was reportedly too loose for women to comply with strictly enforced Islamic clothing restrictions.
Police claimed she died of cardiac arrest, but her family said she was in perfect health and had no history of heart problems.
Amanpour said tensions are rising in Iran over such repression, but it has become increasingly untenable since the election of the current “hard-line” government, including Raisi. The treatment of women is “always a barometer” of Iranian government politics, Amanpour said.
Amanpour, who grew up in Tehran, said she has always worn a headscarf while working in Iran as it is customary, “otherwise you just can’t work as a journalist”, she said.
“Here in New York, or anywhere else outside Iran, I have never been asked by an Iranian president – and I have interviewed every one of them since 1995 – to ever wear a headscarf, either inside or outside Iran. Not said, Amanpur said
But Raisi was already 40 minutes late for the interview at UN Headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday night, when his aide suddenly told Amanpour that the president “needs” him to wear a headscarf.
Raisey’s aide said it was a “Matter of respectMentioned the “situation” in Iran along with the current holy month, Amanpour said.
This would have been Raisi’s first interview on American soil.
Amanpour said, “I declined very politely on behalf of myself and CNN and women journalists everywhere because it was not a necessity, and it was imposed on us at the very last minute.”
“I guess he didn’t want to be seen with a woman without a headscarf at this point in time,” he said.
By Friday, A.T. at least nine people have died According to the Associated Press, clashes erupted between Iranian security forces and protesters over Amini’s death.
The extent of the ongoing unrest, the worst in many years, is unclear, but Protests have begun in at least a dozen cities On repression and escalating economic and social crises, the AP noted.