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50 people killed in Iran protest crackdown

Published : Saturday, 24 September, 2022 at 6:26 PM  Count : 781

Demonstrators gathering around a burning barricade during a protest for Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's 'morality police,' in Tehran on September 19, 2022 AFP

Demonstrators gathering around a burning barricade during a protest for Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's 'morality police,' in Tehran on September 19, 2022 AFP


At least 50 people have been killed in a crackdown by the Iranian security forces on protests that erupted following the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police, an NGO said on Friday, reports AFP.

The Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) NGO said the rise in the toll came after six people were killed by fire from the security forces in the town of Rezvanshahr in the northern Gilan province on Thursday night. Other deaths were recorded in Babol and Amol, also in northern Iran.

There had been protests in some 80 cities and other urban centers since the demonstrations started one week ago, it added.

Angry demonstrators have taken to the streets of major cities across Iran, including the capital Tehran, for eight straight nights since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

The Kurdish woman was pronounced dead after spending three days in a coma following her arrest by Iran's feared morality police for wearing the hijab headscarf in an "improper" way.

Protests were held around the Islamic republic on Friday, with online videos showing some turning violent in Tehran and other major cities including Tabriz. Rights groups have also pointed to deaths in the northern Kurdistan region where Amini was from.

"At least 50 people have been killed so far, and people continue protesting for their fundamental rights and dignity," IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam told AFP. "The international community must stand by the Iranian people against one of our time's most repressive regimes," he added.

In some of the footage, security forces could be seen firing what appeared to be live ammunition at unarmed demonstrators in the northwestern cities of Piranshahr, Mahabad and Urmia.

In one video shared by the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights non-governmental organization, a uniformed member of the security forces is seen shooting an AK-47 assault rifle at protesters on Tehran's Ferdowsi Boulevard. It said other footage showed a "stream of state security forces... on a Tehran highway" on Friday night.

However, Iranian state media reported that the number of people who died in recent riots in the country has risen to 35.

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