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Women burn headscarves as anti-hijab protests escalate after a woman was killed for wearing inappropriate hijab in Iran

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Women in Iran have set fire to their headscarves as protests erupted across Iran in response to a woman dying in the custody of the country’s “morality police”. On September 13, 2022, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, originally from the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, in western Iran, was in Tehran, having travelled there to visit family. She was at the entry of Haqqani Highway with her brother Kiaresh Amini when she was arrested by the regime’s so-called “Guidance Patrol” and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency, allegedly for wearing an inappropriate hijab. 
Mahsa Amini Activists claim Amini was beaten by police while being taken to a detention facility in a van causing serious injuries that led her to slip into a coma and die. The Islamic religious police, an agency tasked with enforcing sharia law, has denied any wrongdoing and claimed she died from a heart attack. CCTV videos of the event, released later by the Tehran police, show her collapsing to the ground at the moment of her arrest. Across Tehran and cities in the Kurdistan province, people have taken to the streets, in violent protests which have resulted in an estimated 221 wounded people, 250 arrests and three alleged deaths. 
 Now taking to the streets for the fifth day running, the women of Sari, Mazandaran, ripped off, waved and set alight their hijabs as they protest Amini’s death. 
 Police responded to the dozens of women around the bonfire by firing tear gas at the women last night, BBC Persian reported. Security forces also opened fire and unleashed water cannons on the crowds in the capital, with videoes posted by journalists showing officers chasing protesters down and beating them with batons. According to video footage tweeted by 1,500 Images, an anti-government group, the women in Sari were in no way alone as dozens of similar protests broke out. Men joined the women to protest and chanted: “We will fight and take our country back.” 
 The protesters have also been chanting, “death to the dictator” as they call for the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his son and likely successor, Mojtaba, to be overthrown. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network, a nonprofit based in Paris, France, claimed anti-riot police have killed at least six protesters in rallies held in Orumiyeh, Piranshahr and Divandarreh. 
 According to the state-run IRNA news agency, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has asked government officials to investigate Ms Amini’s death.The post Women burn headscarves as anti-hijab protests escalate after a woman was killed for wearing inappropriate hijab inIran appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Robert Sarver to sell Phoenix Suns and Mercury after N-word scandal

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Robert Sarver will be selling both the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury after an NBA investigation revealed that he used the n-word multiple times during his tenure as an owner in the leagues. The NBA investigation also revealed that Sarver made inappropriate comments toward women, and didn’t treat his employees fairly or equally. Commissioner Adam Silver who fined him $10 million and suspended him one year over the offence, had insisted the punishment was strong enough. Sarver however announced on Wednesday morning September 21, that he is “beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and the Mercury”, just after fans and multiple star players including LeBron James, Chris Paul and Draymond Green called for more severe sanctions.  He said in the statement;  “Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together — and strengthened the Phoenix area — through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball.”But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible — that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past.”I do not want to be a distraction to these two teams and the fine people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans around the world.”I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, then fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.”In the meantime, I will continue to work on becoming a better person, and continuing to support the community in meaningful ways. Thank you for continuing to root for the Suns and the Mercury, embracing the power that sports has to bring us together.”The post Robert Sarver to sell Phoenix Suns and Mercury after N-word scandal appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Photos of President Buhari at the 77th UN General Assembly meeting while delivering his speech

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President Buhari delivered Nigeria’s National Statement at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York today, September 21. The address given today will be the last in his capacity as Nigeria’s president. 
 He was joined at the meeting by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and others. See more photos below… 
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Court refuses to grant Baba Ijesha‘s bail application pending appeal

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday September 21, refused to grant a bail application filed by convicted Nollywoord actor, James Olarewaju, alias Baba Ijesha. Ijesha had sought bail for an appeal to the five-year conviction for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Taiwo struck out the bail application on grounds of the actor not meeting exceptional circumstances and criteria.  The judge said;  “The applicant must show special and exceptional circumstances because the term given to him is five years which is to run concurrently.“There is no evidence that the appeal has been entered and there is no indication before this court that the court will not treat the case expeditiously.“It is in the view of this court that the applicant has failed to show special circumstances to warrant him bail because he is facing a serious crime.“In view of this case, I am inclined to refuse the bail application of the applicants pending appeal.”  The post Court refuses to grant Baba Ijeshas bail application pending appeal appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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