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At least 82 dead in repression of demonstrations in Zahedan in Iran

At least 82 dead in repression of demonstrations in Zahedan in Iran

The repression is ever more violent as anger spreads in Iran. At least 82 people have been killed since Friday in protests that erupted in Zahedan, a city in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan in southeastern Iran, said Thursday the NGO Amnesty International. “Iranian security forces unlawfully killed at least 66 people, including children, and injured hundreds more after opening fire” on protesters, bystanders and worshipers, the organization said, adding that “Since then, sixteen other people have been killed in separate incidents in Zahedan as part of the continued crackdown on these protests.”

In addition, “elements collected from activists, families of victims, eyewitnesses and images and videos of the demonstrations suggest that the real number of deaths in Zahedan is likely to be higher”, continues the NGO, which adds that “at least three children” have died since September 30. “The majority of the victims were shot in the head, heart, neck and torso, revealing a clear intention to kill or seriously injure”, insists Amnesty International on the basis of the elements it has collected.

“Terrorist incident” for the authorities

Media close to Iran’s government have described the clashes in Zahedan, which began on September 30 after Friday prayers, as a “terrorist incident” directed against a police station and which led to the deaths of five members of the Guardians. of the revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic.

But during ‘Zahedan Bloody Friday’, security forces ‘bloodily suppressed’ a protest that erupted after the end of the prayer, several NGOs claim, according to which the images of gunshot wounds lying in the street on the ground after clashes with the security forces are indicative of Tehran’s policy of discrimination and repression in this region.

The NGO Baluch Activists Campaign (BAC) said for its part on Telegram messaging that it had confirmed that 88 people had died. According to the organisation, the death toll has worsened due to a shortage of blood, bandages and other medical supplies, which means that many of the injured have died from their injuries and the death toll could rise further. .

“Many people did not go to the hospital for fear of being arrested by officials. They preferred to treat themselves at home but then lost a lot of blood,” said Abdollah Aref, director of the NGO. According to him, the situation in Zahedan has now returned to calm, although further demonstrations are possible after the prayer on Friday. However, many people have been arrested during crackdowns targeting those who took part in the demonstrations, he added, while adding that the exact number of these arrests is not yet clear.

Iran has been rocked for more than two weeks by a wave of protests across the country after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, who died three days after her arrest for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, which in particular obliges women to wear the veil in public places.

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