At least 108 killed in Iranian crackdown on Mahsa Amini protests


At least 108 people have been killed in Iran’s crackdown on more than three weeks of protests across the country, triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) said.

Iranian security forces also killed at least 93 other people during clashes in the city of Zahedan, in the southeastern province of Sistan Baluchistan, IHR said in a statement.

The protests erupted on September 16, when Amini died three days after falling into a coma, after being detained in Tehran by the morality police, for an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.

The violence in Zahedan erupted on September 30 during protests that erupted after a teenage girl reported that a police commander in the region had raped her.

Human rights groups also raised concerns Tuesday about the extent of the crackdown in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s western Kurdistan province, where Amini hails from.

The IHR said its investigation into the extent of the “crackdown” in Iranian Kurdistan had been hampered by internet restrictions and warned of an “imminent bloody crackdown” against protesters in that western province of the country.

“The city of Sanandaj has witnessed widespread protests and a bloody crackdown in the past three days,” IHR stressed, adding that its current death toll in the province excluded those killed in that period.

The group said Iranian security forces had detained many children protesting on the streets and in schools in the past week.

IHR also noted that its figure also excluded the six deaths that reportedly occurred during protests inside the Rasht central prison in northern Iran on Sunday, as it was still investigating the case.

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