The Macomb Daily

Official signals suspension of Iran’s morality police


Iran’s so-called morality police unit, whose actions sparked months of protests, has been suspended, a top Iranian official said Sunday — although the status of the force remains uncertain.

The protest movement took off in September after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s Guidance Patrol, or morality police, who detained her over an alleged violation of the country’s conservati­ve dress code for women. Family members and activists say she was beaten to death and accused the government of a coverup. Authoritie­s deny it.

More than 400 people have been killed, and more than 15,000 arrested, in the crackdown on demonstrat­ions.

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