More than 31 killed in action as anti-hijab protests in Iran over death in police custody
Anti-Iranian Hijab Protest: Around 31 civilians have been killed in a major crackdown by Iranian security forces over protests erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police, according to Oslo-based Iran Human. Rights NGO.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam said in a statement, “The people of Iran have taken to the streets to assert their fundamental rights and human dignity, and the government is responding to their peaceful protest with bullets.”
In the statement, Iran Human Rights said it confirmed protests in more than 30 cities and other urban centres, raising concerns over the “mass arrests” of protesters and civil society activists.
In Iran, the northern province of Kurdistan first witnessed large-scale protests over the weekend and has now spread across the country.
Giving details, the IHR said the deaths included 11 people killed on Wednesday night in the city of Amol in northern Mazandaran province on the Caspian Sea and six in Babol in the same province.
The IHR also said that the major northeastern city of Tabrez saw its first death in the protests.
“Condemnation and expression of concern by the international community is no longer enough,” Amiri-Moghaddam said.
Earlier in the day, Kurdish rights group Hangau said that more than 15 people, including eight, were killed on Wednesday night in Kurdistan province and other Kurdish-populated regions of Iran’s north.
Earlier, Iranian media and a local prosecutor reported that four people had died in the past two days, bringing the total death toll to eight, including a police member and a pro-government militia member.