Human rights organization says 19 children dead, protests engulf Iran

Human rights organization says 19 children dead, protests engulf Iran
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At least 185 people, including children, have been killed in the demonstrations, according to a human rights group.

Anti-government protests that began in September. For 17 years, the funeral of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the Kurdish city of Saghez has become the biggest call for Iran’s spiritual leaders in recent years, with protesters demanding the overthrow of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“At least 185 people, including at least 19 children, have been killed in nationwide protests across Iran. Most of the killings were recorded in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan.

The authorities assessed the protests as a plan of Iran’s enemies, including the United States. They blamed armed opposition for the violence that killed at least 20 members of the security forces, among others.

President of Iran Ibrahim Raisi
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi participated in the meeting of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution held in Tehran in October. 9, 2022.
Iranian Presidential Office

Videos shared on social media showed hundreds of high school girls and university students protesting Sunday morning in dozens of Iranian cities despite security forces using tear gas, batons and, in many cases, live bullets.

Iranian authorities have denied that live bullets were used.


A video posted on Twitter by the widely followed activist 1500tasvir shows baton-wielding security forces attacking students at a high school in Tehran.

Iranian protest
Most of the killings occurred in Sistan and Baluchistan province.
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In another video, a man shouted “don’t hit my wife, she’s pregnant” while trying to protect him from riot police in the city of Rafsanjan on Saturday.

Mamlekate, which has more than 150,000 followers, shared a video in the video showing security forces harassing dozens of schoolgirls in Bandar Abbas. Social media posts said shops were closed in several cities after activists called for a mass strike.

Reuters was unable to verify the videos and transcripts. Details of the casualties have been slow to emerge, in part because of internet restrictions imposed by authorities.

Iranian protest
Authorities have blamed protesters for the violence, which has left at least 20 members of the security forces dead.
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Meanwhile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency, citing the deputy interior minister, warned that those it called rioters would be severely punished.

Amini was arrested in Tehran in September. 13 for wearing “inappropriate clothing”. He died three days later in a hospital in Tehran.

A state coroner’s report on Saturday said Amini died of pre-existing medical conditions. His father called the police responsible his death with the family lawyer saying “respected doctors” they believe that he was beaten while in prison.

Although the United States and Canada have already imposed sanctions against the Iranian authorities, the European Union is considering imposing them. active freeze and travel bans on Iranian officials.

“Those who beat (Iranian) women and girls on the street, those who kidnap, arbitrarily arrest and sentence people who want nothing more than to live freely, are on the wrong side of history.” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbok told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag on Sunday.

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