At least 17 people killed in demonstrations in Iran

Bei the biggest protests in Iran According to official figures, 17 people have been killed in almost three years. The Iran Human Rights (IHR) organization based in Oslo even said on Thursday that at least 31 civilians had died as a result of the security forces' actions against the protests since the death of a woman arrested by the vice squad. The authorities further restricted access to the Internet and blocked the online networks Whatsapp and Instagram.

Iranian state television reported that 17 people had died since the protests broke out on Friday last week. According to the Tasnim news agency, five members of the security forces were among the dead.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini had sparked a nationwide wave of outrage and protests. The young woman was arrested by the moral police in the capital Tehran a week ago because she was apparently not wearing the Islamic headscarf in accordance with strict regulations.

Amini collapsed at the police station under mysterious circumstances and was pronounced dead at the hospital three days later. Police say she had a heart attack. According to human rights activists, Amini suffered a fatal blow to the head.

Protests in at least 15 cities

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi referred to the official autopsy result on Thursday on the fringes of the UN general debate in front of journalists in New York, but confirmed that investigations would be started. He personally assured Amini's family of this.

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