Iran: At least 82 dead in crackdown on protests in Zahedan

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Iran: at least 82 dead in crackdown on protests in Zahédan

This toll has been compounded by a shortage of blood and medical supplies, according to Amnesty International.

Riot forces of the Islamic Republic in Tehran , the 3rd of October. Demonstrations have rocked all of Iran for more than three weeks.

At least 82 people have been killed since Friday in the crackdown on protests that erupted in Zahedan, southeastern Iran, the NGO Amnesty International said Thursday, just as the whole x27;Iran is rocked by a major wave of protest.

Iranian security forces unlawfully killed at least 66 people, including children, and injured hundreds more after opening fire with live ammunition and firing lead pellets and tear gas at protesters, bystanders and worshipers during the September 30 protests in this city in the province of Sistan-Balochistan, according to the organization.

Since then, Amnesty says, 16 other people have been killed in separate incidents in Zahedan as part of the ongoing crackdown on these protests.

In addition, evidence collected from activists, families of victims, eyewitnesses and images and videos of the protests suggest that the true death toll in Zahedan is likely to be higher, the NGO continues. , which adds that at least three children have died since September 30.

“The majority of the victims were shot in the head, the heart, neck and torso, revealing a clear intent to kill or seriously injure.

—Amnesty International

Also according to Amnesty International, the death toll has been compounded by a shortage of blood, bandages and other medical supplies, meaning many of the injured have died from their injuries and the toll could still rise. ;heavier.

According to the NGO Iran Human Rights, the protests were sparked by accusations that a police chief in the port city of Chabahar, also located in the province of Sistan-Balochistan, allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl belonging to the Sunni Baloch minority.

The accusation was made public in September by the Friday prayer leader in the town of Rask, south of Zahedan, sparking protests that later spread to the region's main town.

For their part, the media close to the regime, which described the clashes in Zahedan as a terrorist incident directed against a police station, reported about twenty people killed, including six members of the forces of the army. order, including the provincial intelligence chief of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic.

According to Abdollah Aref, director of the NGO Baluch Activists Campaign, the situation in Zahedan has now returned to calm, although further demonstrations are possible after prayers this Friday.

Numerous people were however arrested during the x27;crackdown operations targeting individuals who took part in the protests, Aref added, adding that the exact number of such arrests is not yet clear.

These clashes erupted in an already tense context. 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 Republic's strict dress code. Islam, which notably obliges women to wear the veil in public spaces.

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