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Protests hold Iran back as human rights group says 19 children have been killed. According to Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A police motorcycle catches fire during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the “moral police” of the Islamic republic, in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS // File Pho

By Parisa Hafezi

DUBAI (Reuters) – Attacks sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody continued across Iran on Sunday despite a crackdown by authorities, as a human rights group said. know at least 185 people, including children, have been killed in the protests.

The anti-government protests that began on September 17 at the funeral of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the Kurdish town of Saqez have become the biggest challenge to Iran’s clerical leaders in years. , with protesters calling for the Supreme Leader’s demise. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

At least 185 people, including at least 19 children, were killed in nationwide protests in Iran. in the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan with half of the recorded numbers”. .

Authorities have described the protests as a plot by Iran’s enemies, including the United States. They have accused armed dissidents among others of violence that left at least 20 members of the security forces dead.

Videos shared on social media showed protests in dozens of cities across Iran early Sunday morning with hundreds of schoolgirls and university students taking part despite the use of tear gas, clubs and in many cases live ammunition from security forces, human rights groups said.

Iranian authorities have denied that live ammunition was used.

‘Don’t be shy about my wife, she’s pregnant’

A video posted on Twitter by the widely watched activist 1500tasvir shows security forces armed with clubs attacking students at a high school in Tehran.

In another video, a man shouts “don’t hit my wife, she’s pregnant” while trying to protect her from riot police in the city of Rafsanjan on Saturday.

A video shared by the Mamlekate Twitter account, which has more than 150,000 followers, shows security forces pursuing dozens of schoolgirls in the city of Bandar Abbas. Social media posts said shops were closed in several cities after activists called for a mass strike.

Reuters was unable to verify the videos and posts. Details of casualties were slowly being released, in part due to internet restrictions imposed by authorities.

Meanwhile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted the deputy interior minister as warning of harsh sentences for those the country called rioters.

Amini was arrested in Tehran on September 13 for wearing “inappropriate attire”. She died three days later at a hospital in Tehran.

A state coroner’s report on Saturday said Amini died from pre-existing medical conditions. Her father held police accountable for her death with the family’s attorney saying “respectable doctors” believe she was beaten while in custody.

While the United States and Canada have imposed sanctions on the Iranian authorities, the European Union is considering imposing an asset freeze and travel ban on Iranian officials.

“Those who beat (Iranian) women and girls in the streets, kidnap, arbitrarily imprison and sentence to death those who want nothing more than to live in freedom – they are on the wrong side of the country. history,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

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