Asieh Panahi, a 58-year-old woman in Kermanshah, died after municipal agents viciously beat her. The housewife, a mother of seven – four daughters and three sons – suffered a fatal heart attack after the agents assaulted her with pepper spray.
The municipal agents had come to Asieh Panahi’s house in in Kermanshah’s District 3 on May 19, 2020, to demolish her house.
The municipality razed the newly built house with a loader under the pretext that Asieh Panahi’s house was built without a construction permit. However, city officials did not have the proper documentation to authorize the demolition.
According to eyewitnesses, Asieh Panahi was beaten by municipal agents in the presence of the State Security Forces (SSF).
Although she cried out, “I have heart disease – don’t spray me,” the municipal agents dragged Asieh to the ground and sprayed her in the face.
The SSF also beat Asieh’s daughter and granddaughter; the daughter’s legs were visibly bruised.
Officers removed Asieh from the scene even though she was injured. They wanted to take her to a camp for drug addicts.
The defenseless woman died 40 minutes after being beaten by officers.
Kermanshah Municipality refused to accept responsibility for Asieh’s death. They falsely claimed that they had arrested her outside the city for being an addict.
Earlier on April 2020, Basij agents in Khorramabad attacked the low-income neighborhood of Falak al-Din, destroying 11 residential properties.
The Iranian regime’s repressive forces attacked and destroyed impoverished peoples’ houses in Khorramabad province in western Iran. This took place amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed thousands of lives.
The Khorramabad prosecutor attacked the low-income district of Falak-e-din and began destroying houses built by impoverished and flood-stricken people with their own means.
During the demolition, an elderly woman was left under the rubble, which worsened her physical condition.
At a time when 80 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line, and despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately affects the poor, security forces in Iran are demolishing low-income homes, ruthlessly leaving the poor homeless.