Iranian forces kill 3 protesters in Mahsa province; 47 children among 378 dead so far – Times of India


PARIS: Iranian security forces shot dead at least three people in western Kurdistan province on Saturday in the latest deadly protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Aminisaid one rights group. Security forces have so far killed at least 378 people, including 47 children. “Since September 16, at least 378 protesters, including 47 children, have been killed by the oppressive forces,” said Iran Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam told AFP.
The country’s spiritual leadership under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is facing its greatest challenge since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in two months of violent demonstrations following Amini’s death in custody on September 16.
On Saturday, Hengawa Norway-based rights group that monitors abuses in Kurdish areas told AFP that “government repressive forces opened fire on protesters in the town of Divandarreh, killing at least three civilians”.
Protesters have been killed in 22 of Iran’s 31 provinces, IHR said Wednesday, including 123 in Sistan-Baluchistan and 32 in Amini’s home province of Kurdistan.
Activists accuse Iran’s security forces of conducting secret funerals of protesters they killed in order to prevent further violence at their funerals. Aminia 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish descent, died three days after her arrest in Tehran by the notorious vice squad for an alleged violation of the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf law.

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