While Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, is in the United States at the UN General Assembly in New York, the news came that at least 31 civilians have been killed in demonstrations in Iran.
The protests broke out after Mahsa Amini (22) died in custody. Amini was arrested for wearing the hijab the wrong way.
– Last night I planned to ask President Raisi about all this and much more, CNN journalist and news anchor Christiane Amanpour wrote on
Protests are sweeping Iran & women are burning their hijabs after the death last week of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by the “morality police”. Human rights groups say at least 8 have been killed. Last night, I planned to ask President Raisi about all this and much more. 1/7— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022
The interview would be the president’s first on American soil, according to the British-French journalist.
– I’m in New York
Amanpour writes that the interview was planned for weeks. 40 minutes after the interview was due to start, President Raisi’s assistant came and asked Amanpour to cover her hair.
– I politely declined. I’m in New York, write Amanpour.
She says she pointed out that no other Iranian president had asked her about this.
According to Amanpour, Raisi’s assistant said that the interview would not take place if she did not cover her hair, and said that it was a matter of respect.
Again, Amanpour said no.
– And then I left. The interview did not happen, she wrote in the Twitter thread.
Several have pink Amanpour for refusing to comply with the request of the president.
– Good for @amanpour. The days when Iranian officials demand that female reporters and officials wear the hijab for interviews and meetings should be over. The forced hijab reflects an outdated and intolerant ideology, not a culture, tweeted Iranian-American political analyst Karim Sadjadpour.
New York and UN correspondent for the BBC, Bahman Kalbasi, supported Amanpour on Twitter and wrote that it seems the Iranian president thinks he can introduce the hijab in New York as well.