Iran Human Rights counts at least 83 dead in protests

Dhe protests in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the vice squad, are now in their third week. Despite violent crackdowns by the security forces, which activists say have claimed the lives of at least 83 people, protests continued in several cities across the country on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Tehran continued to take action against supporters from culture, journalism and sport.

The ongoing protests in Iran were triggered by the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16. she was in Tehran arrested by the Morality Police, apparently for not wearing the Islamic headscarf according to the rules. According to activists, she is said to have been beaten by the police and died as a result.

“Woman, life and freedom,” chanted the demonstrators on Thursday evening in Sanandaj, the capital of Amini’s home province of Kurdistan, according to a video posted by the Iran Wire news portal on Twitter. Crowds were seen in cities across the country “chanting slogans and confronting security forces,” the site, run by exiled Iranian journalists, reported.

“Death to the Dictator”

In the holy city of Mashhad in the north-east of the country, security forces clashed with protesters who threw stones and shouted, “We will kill whoever killed our sister!” In the north-west city of Ardabil, bareheaded women shouted, according to a report by the London-based TV channel Iran International, “Death to the Dictator”.

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