Clashes between protesters and Iranian riot police erupted Thursday in the ethnically Kurdish city of Mahabad, after a Kurdish girl jumped to her own death to escape a tourism police officer trying to rape her.
Protesters torched the Tara hotel in which Khosrawani used to work as a janitor.
Frinaz Khosrawani, 25, died from a fall from the fourth floor, after the manager of the hotel she worked at along with a tourism police officer allegedly attempted to rape her.
Protests and demonstrations were ignited shortly after several videos showing her fall surfaced on social media and caused a “state of anger” among the city’s Kurdish population who accuse the Iranian government of mistreating and marginalising them, according to Rudaw.
Police used tear gas and “excessive force” to disperse the protests in front of the damaged Tara hotel.
The hotel manager allegedly “offered” Khosrawani to the tourism officer in exchange for adding “a fifth star to the hotel’s status,” according to the New York Times.
Iranian officials have urged the protesters to wait until an investigation into the incident is completed, “The people must wait until the investigation results are out to find out the reason behind Khosrawani's death,” said Jaafar Katani, Mahabad’s mayor.
Khosrawani’s family announced they will be following the investigation results closely.