Iran deployed mounted police to suppress anti-regime protests, which stretch to seven weeks

An officer of the Iranian Mounted Police, in the streets of Tehran

The iran regime has deployed to Mounted Police in an attempt to contain more than seven weeks of protests caused by the death in custody of Mahsa Aminiaccording to videos posted online.

The clerical state has been rocked by a protest movement that erupted when Amini, 22, died after his arrest for allegedly violating strict hijab dress rules of Iran for women.

Young women have led the way, removing and burning their veils, chanting anti-regime slogans and confronting security forces in the streets despite a crackdown that has killed dozens.

In an unusual move, authorities deployed a group of policemen on horseback in the streets of Tehran to quell the demonstrations, according to a video posted on social media and verified by AFP.

The special patrol unit is seen standing in front of a row of Iranian national flags on a main road in the northwestern neighborhood of Sadeghiyeh.

Created in 2013, the mounted division of Iran’s police force, known as ashvaranis composed of Turkmen horses Y arabsamong others.

Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini
Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini (WANA NEWS AGENCY/)

The cavalry unit It has been seen on the streets of the Iranian capital in the past, mainly during parades, but it is rare to see it displayed during protests.

Amini, an Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16, three days after she was detained by morality police in Tehran, sparking protests across the country.

Iranian authorities have adopted a number of tactics in an attempt to suppress the protests, which officials refer to as “riots.”

Security forces have fired directly at protesters using live ammunition, buckshot, tear gas and even paintballs.

The regime has also imposed internet restrictionsincluding blocking access to Instagram Y WhatsAppand has launched a campaign of mass arrests.

The group Iranian Human Rights, based in Norwaysays security forces have killed at least 186 people in the crackdown on Amini’s protests.

At least another 118 people have lost their lives in different protests since September 30 in Sistan-Baluchistana majority Sunni Muslim province on Iran’s southeastern border with Pakistan.

(With information from AFP)

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