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Iran’s morality police hit with US sanctions as nationwide protests rage

The sanctions come less than a week after Mahsa Amini's death in custody of the morality police.
A picture obtained by AFP outside Iran on Sept. 21, 2022, shows Iranian demonstrators burning a rubbish bin in the capital Tehran during a protest for Mahsa Amini, days after she died in police custody.

NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran’s so-called morality police following the death in custody of a 22-year-old Iranian woman detained for violating the country’s hijab rules.  

The Treasury Department accused the morality police, the Iranian law enforcement unit that enforces the conservative dress code, of “abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters.”  

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