Iran’s death toll rises as protests intensify

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  • Members of security forces among those killed
  • Unrest has erupted in Iran after the death of a girl in custody
  • Social media video shows fresh protests at Tehran University

DUBAI, Sep 21 (Reuters) – Three people, including a member of security forces, were killed on Tuesday during unrest in the country, Iranian officials said, as anger over the death of a woman in morality custody fueled protests by police. Gave. fifth day.

Official sources say a total of seven people have been killed since protests began on Saturday over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini of Iranian Kurdistan, who died last week after being arrested for “inappropriate dress” in Tehran. It was done

Kurdish rights group Hangau reports that seven protesters were killed by security forces in or near Kurdish areas in the country’s northwest, three of whom were killed on Tuesday, where the unrest was particularly pronounced. intense and deadly.

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Officials denied that the protesters were killed by security forces.

Hengau also said that access to the Internet has been cut in Kurdistan province – a move that would hinder video sharing from a region where authorities previously suppressed unrest by the Kurdish minority. read more

Internet shutdown observatory netblocks and residents said Iran has restricted access to Instagram, the only major social media platform that Iran does not usually block. A senior official said that till recently it had around 48 million users in the country.

The communications minister said he was quoted incorrectly as news outlets had quoted him as saying that officials could disrupt internet services for security reasons. read more

Amini’s death has sparked anger in the Islamic republic over issues including freedoms and an economy battling sanctions. Women waved and burnt their curtains during the protest, some cut their hair in public.

Protests have engulfed much of the country, beginning at Amini’s funeral in Kurdish territory on Saturday, triggering clashes as security forces try to suppress them.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei didn’t mention the protests – some of Iran’s worst unrest since last year’s street clashes over water shortages – during a speech commemorating the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war on Wednesday . read more

A top Khamenei aide expressed condolences to Amini’s family this week, promising follow-up action on the case and saying the supreme leader was affected and pained by his death.

A “police assistant” died of injuries on Tuesday in the southern city of Shiraz, the official IRNA news agency said.

“Some people clashed with police officers and resulted in the death of a police assistant. Four other police officers were injured in the incident,” IRNA said. An official quoted by IRNA said 15 protesters were arrested in Shiraz.

In Kermanshah, the city prosecutor said two people were killed on Tuesday in the riots. “We are sure it was done by anti-revolutionary elements because the victims were killed with weapons not used by the security apparatus,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted prosecutor Shahram Karmi as saying.

The Kurdistan police chief confirmed four deaths earlier this week in Kurdistan province in comments to the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Wednesday. He said he was shot with a type of bullet not used by security forces, adding that the “gangs” want to blame the police and security officials.

Hangau said a total of 450 people were injured in addition to the seven Kurdish protesters killed as a result of “direct firing” by government forces over the past four days. Reuters could not independently confirm the casualty report.

Amini fell into a coma and died while waiting with other women held by morality police, which enforce strict rules in the Islamic republic that require women to cover their hair and wear loose-fitting clothing in public. Is. read more

Her father said that she did not have any health problems and that she had injured her legs while in custody. He blames the police for his death. Police have denied harming him.

The UN Human Rights Commissioner has called for an impartial investigation into his death and allegations of torture and abuse. read more

‘Death of the Tyrant’

Videos shared on social media also showed protesters damaging the symbols of the Islamic Republic and confronting security forces.

A man is shown scaling the front of the Town Hall in the northern city of Sari and tearing down an image of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic after the 1979 revolution.

The semi-official ISNA news agency said 12 ambulances were attacked, and banks and public property were damaged in several cities. Protesters have accused the police of using ambulances to transport the force and detain the protesters

Hundreds of people at Tehran University, chanting “death to the dictator”, rallied again in Tehran on Wednesday, a video shared by 1500tasvir showed.

Reuters could not confirm the authenticity of the video.

State media and officials have characterized the unrest as riots by “anti-revolutionary elements”.

Members of Basij, a militia under the umbrella of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, held their rallies in Tehran on Wednesday. “The morality police are just an excuse, what they target is the government itself,” he said in a video posted on the picture 1500.

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Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Writing by Tom Perry Editing by Andrew Cawthorne, William McLean and David Gregorio

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