The wave of demonstrations in Iran over the death of Mahsa Aminithe young woman detained by the morality police, does not stop and the repression of the regime is increasing. According to Amnesty Internationalthey are already four minors who died due to repression by the Iranian national force.
“International Amnesty has recorded the names of 19 people, including three children, who were shot dead by security forces on September 21. It has also been confirmed the death of two other people, including a 16-year-old minor, on September 22, and They are investigating other deaths,” the organization revealed in a statement.. To this figure are added the more than 700 detainees -including 60 women- and 50 dead registered to date.
“Amnesty International has reviewed photos and videos showing deceased victims with horrific injuries to the head, chest and stomach.the organization said, adding that the rising death toll is an alarming indication of “how ruthless the authorities’ attack on human life has been, under the darkness of the internet blackout.”
According to eyewitness accounts, security forces implicated in the deadly shootings include the Revolutionary Guard, Basij paramilitary forces and plainclothes security agents. “These security forces have fired live ammunition at the demonstrators with the intention of dispersing, intimidating and punishing them or preventing them from entering state buildings. This is prohibited under international law, which restricts the use of firearms to cases where their use is necessary in response to an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and only when less extreme means are insufficient. .
“There is no such thing as an impartial investigation in Iran. UN member states must go beyond declarations, listen to the cries for justice from victims and human rights defenders in Iran, and urgently establish an independent UN investigative mechanism,” said Heba Morayef, Director Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
The prestigious organization also stated that the anger expressed in the streets has also shown how Iranians feel about the ubiquitous morality police and compulsory veil laws. “It is high time that these discriminatory laws and the security forces that enforce them are completely removed from Iranian society, once and for all,” Morayef demanded.
The Committee to Protect Journalists reported, for its part, that at least 17 reporters were detained. “It is necessary to emphasize for the umpteenth time that from a professional point of view, the coverage of protests is no different from the coverage of earthquakes, floods, factory openings or the publication of divorce statistics,” said the association that requested the release of his “companions”.
Among those detained is the journalist Nilufar Hamedi, one of the first to report the death of Mahsa Amini. Also the activist Hossein Ronaghiwho shared videos and information on social networks about the protests.
In the face of the disturbances, the Iranian regime has proceeded to restrict access to fixed internet and mobile networks, which will continue until the end of the protests, according to officials. The police officers have confronted the groups with Firearmsbatons and tasers. In addition, they described the protesters as “counterrevolutionaries”, “troublemakers” Y “conspirators”. For his part, the Minister of the Interior, Ahmad Vahidi, accused them of “following the United States, European countries and counterrevolutionaries to create disorder and destruction in the country.”
Amini, the 22-year-old girl, died last Friday, September 16, after being arrested by Iran’s moral police, accused of wearing the veil incorrectly. During her detention, she suffered a heart attack and a subsequent coma that caused her death.
As a result of the event, Iranian society took to the streets to demonstrate against the repressive methods and the demands made on women. Thus, in the eight consecutive days that the protests have been going on, it has been seen countless women go out without their veils, burn their clothes and even cut their hair in protest.
The mobilizations took place throughout the country, it is calculated in more than 80 cities and urban centers. Thus, they arrived in Sarí, the capital of the province of Mazandarán, located in the north of the country, where people surrounded the town hall and tore up images of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini and current Ali Khamenei.
“Death to the dictator”, “we do not want the Islamic Republic” and “women, life and freedom” are some of the songs that are heard.
Oshnavieh is another of the cities where great disturbances were registered. It was even said that it had fallen into the hands of the protesters. However, Iranian judicial authorities denied the version this Saturday and told the news agency Mizan: “The city is completely under the control of the police forces and the situation is completely normal.”
Both the main universities of the capital such as those of Amir Kabir, Shahid Beheshti or Allameh Tabatabaei have been scene of protests. For this reason, it was arranged suspension of face-to-face classes and the virtual modality was chosen, which is expected to continue throughout the week, in the middle of a school year that began this Saturday.
UN Women expressed his “deep concern” on Friday about the death of the young woman and demanded that an “impartial” investigation be carried out by an independent authority.
“The circumstances surrounding this event are a cause of particular concern,” the Agency said.
(With information from EFE)
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