31 killed in Iran crackdown on anti-hijab protesters after custodial death

31 killed in Iran crackdown on anti-hijab protesters after custodial death

The protest first began in Kurdistan province but spread throughout the country.

Paris:

At least 31 civilians have been killed in Iranian security forces crackdown on protests following the arrest of Mahsa Amini by ethics police, an Oslo-based NGO said today.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam said in a statement, “The people of Iran have come to the streets to assert their fundamental rights and human dignity … and the government should respond to their peaceful protest with bullets.” has been.” Publishing a toll after six days of protest.

The IHR said it confirmed the protests are taking place in more than 30 cities and other urban centres, sounding the alarm over “mass arrests” of protesters and civil society activists.

Protests began over the weekend in the northern province of Kurdistan, where Amini was born, but have now spread across the country.

The IHR said its casualties included 11 people killed on Wednesday night in the city of Amol in the northern Mazandaran province of the Caspian Sea and six in Babol in the same province.

Meanwhile, the major northeastern city of Tabriz saw its first death in the protests, the IHR said.

“The expression of condemnation and concern by the international community is no longer enough,” Emiri-Moghaddam said.

Earlier, Kurdish rights group Hangau said that 15 people, including eight, were killed on Wednesday night in Kurdistan province and other Kurdish-populated areas of Iran’s north.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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