Anti-regime protests in Iran have claimed 31 lives


new Delhi: Mahsa Amini was arrested by the moral police and died in their custody. Protests over his death erupted in Iran. At least 31 civilians were killed in a crackdown by Iran’s security forces against these protesters, an Oslo-based NGO said today.

Iran Human Rights publishes toll

A toll was released to estimate losses after six days of protests. Iran Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said in a statement: “The people of Iran have taken to the streets to achieve their fundamental rights and human dignity… and the government is responding to their peaceful protest with bullets.”

Shayan Sardarizadeh tweeted a video thread showing the outbreak of protests from various places in Iran. He wrote: “Videos from the sixth day of protests in Iran over the death of #MahsaAmini they start pouring in despite the slow internet. In Gonbad Kavous, Golestan province, women burn their headscarves on a bonfire as protesters chant “don’t be afraid, we are all together”.

He also wrote: “In the city of Amol, Mazandaran province, protesters rush riot police and force them to retreat on the sixth night of protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, of 22 years, after her arrest by the moral police for inappropriate hijab. .”

Concern over “mass arrests”

IHR expressed concern over the “mass arrests” of protesters and civil society activists. They confirmed demonstrations in more than 30 cities and other large centers.

Amini’s home province of Kurdistan, in the north of the nation, was the hook for the first wave of demonstrations over the weekend. The wave gradually evolved and has now spread across the country.

Tabriz first reported related to the protest coincidence

According to IHR, the death toll included 11 victims killed on Wednesday night in the city of Amol in Mazandaran province, north of the Caspian Sea. At least 6 victims were also killed in Babol.

Tabriz reported the first protest-related death according to IHR. It is an important city in the northeastern region of Iran.

Golnaz Esfandiari tweeted a thread of videos. He wrote: “Unprecedented scenes in Iran: A woman sits on top of a utility box and cuts her hair in Kerman’s main square to protest the death of Mahsa Amini after the his arrest by the moral police.People clap and sing “Death to the Dictator”.

He further wrote: “In Sari, northern Iran, a woman dances and throws her handkerchief into the fire amid cheers and chants of ‘We are all together.’

“Condemnation and expression of concern by the international community is no longer enough,” Amiry-Moghaddam said.

Hengaw, a Kurdish rights organization, had previously reported 15 fatalities in the Kurdistan Region. On Wednesday night, at least 8 more people were killed in different regions of Kurdish-populated northern Iran.

Read full article here

Leave a Reply