Iranian security forces shot dead at least two protesters on Tuesday, a human rights group said, as protests over the death of Mahsa Amini broke out on the anniversary of the bloody 2019 crackdown.
Protesters are responding to calls to remember those who lost their lives in the 2019 crackdown, giving new impetus to protests that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Amini in mid-September this year. , after she was arrested for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women.
In Tehran, blaring car horns reverberated as protesters blocked a large roundabout in Sanat Square and shouted “Freedom, freedom,” according to verified footage.
People then poured into the streets in other cities, including Bandar Abbas and Shiraz, where women were seen waving hijabs over their heads.
As night fell, many people poured into the streets of the capital, some gathering around bonfires and chanting “Die the dictator,” according to social media monitor 1500tasvir.
Hengaw, a human rights group based in Norway, told AFP: “Government forces opened fire directly in most of the cities where the uprisings took place, such as Sanandaj, Kamyaran and Kermanshah.” .
“Two people were killed by direct fire from government forces in Sanandaj and Kamyaran,” they said, adding that they were trying to confirm reports that many protesters had been killed.
The UN Human Rights Office called on Iran to immediately release thousands of people arrested for participating in peaceful protests.
“Instead of opening up space for dialogue about legitimate grievances, the authorities are responding to unprecedented protests with increasing harshness,” spokesman Jeremy Laurence told reporters in Geneva. .
– ‘Year of Blood’ –
“This year is the year of blood, SEYed Ali will be overthrown,” a large crowd chanted outside a metro station in Tehran, in a video verified by AFP, referring to the supreme leader of the country. Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
As the day began, shops in Tehran’s famous Grand Bazaar and other parts of the country closed, according to online videos verified by AFP.
Iranian media reported that market vendors closed for fear they would be burned, and a police spokesman later told state TV that 11 people had been arrested for “threatening” people. trade there.
Hengaw said workers took down the tools and university students boycotted the classes in Kurdistan province, Amini’s hometown, in western Iran.
In the provincial hotspot city of Sanandaj, protesters were seen burning tires in the streets and chanting anti-government slogans, in another online video.
“Women, life, freedom” and “Men, homeland, prosperity,” male and female students at Azad Islamic University in the northwestern city of Tabriz, in a video posted by 1500tasvir.
Tuesday’s protests marked the third anniversary of the start of “Bloody Aban” – or Bloody November – when a sudden overnight increase in fuel prices caused bloody street violence that lasted for days.
Amnesty International said at least 304 people were killed in protests three years ago, but a London court this year by various rights groups said expert evidence suggests the death toll has much higher, maybe up to 1,515 people.
– United Nations human rights session –
The Oslo-based Iran Human Rights Group on Saturday said security forces had killed at least 326 people, including 43 children and 25 women, in a crackdown on ongoing protests.
The unrest was sparked by anger over women’s dress codes, but has grown into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 2014. 1979.
It shows no sign of abating despite the government’s use of lethal force and a mass arrest campaign that has trapped activists, journalists and lawyers.
Former president and leading reformer Mohammad Khatami rejected the idea of a power shift in the Islamic republic, admitting there was dissatisfaction with the current government.
Khatami, president from 1997 to 2005, is quoted by reformist newspapers: “Subversion (of the system) is neither possible nor desirable but the current situation continues to lead to social collapse”.
The European Union and Britain imposed sanctions on more than 30 high-ranking Iranian officials and organizations over the crackdown.
Iran, which has accused the United States and its allies of inciting the unrest, threatened an “effective and strong response”.
The United States condemned Iran’s cross-border missile and drone attacks on Monday against Iraqi Kurdish opposition groups that Tehran accuses of inciting what it calls “riot” in the country.
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on Iran on November 24, with advocates pushing for an international investigation into the deadly crackdown on protests.
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