Killed in Iranian protests over the death of Mahsa Amini

17 Killed in Protests in Iran over Death of Mahsa Amini


R. Gelfenstein - At least seventeen people were killed in Iran in protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in the custody of the Islamic Republic's "moral police" in Tehran on September 19, 2022.

Thousands of people marched across the country, with videos on social media showing protesters chanting "women, life, freedom" and some showing women removing their veils.

Eyewitness accounts and video analysis show that "Iranian security forces are illegally and repeatedly firing metal bullets at protesters," according to a press release released Wednesday.

"Amnesty International has gathered evidence of the illegal use of lead bullets and other metals, tear gas, water cannons and beatings by security forces to disperse protesters," the statement read.

"In the absence of security, the first thing that is in danger is the lives of citizens and, logically, the demonstrations that have arisen to protest the death of one person cannot continue and cause the death of dozens of other innocent people." Tasnim added.

Tehran's provincial governor, General Mohsen Mansouri, said this week that foreign actors were involved in the protests.

"According to the relevant administrations, the footprint of some foreign embassies and intelligence services can be traced back to the last few days of unrest," Mansouri told the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

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