Fatalities Rise in Iran as Protests Continue Over Death of 22-Year-Old
Summary from AllSides News Team
The Iranian government is cracking down on civil unrest stemming from the recent death of Kurdish 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in custody after being arrested by Iranian Morality Police for a dress code violation. While figures are scattered and some unconfirmed, reports indicate at least nine people have been killed during clashes between protestors and the state.
Protests are ongoing across the country, but have been concentrated in Iran’s northwestern cities, where the state’s Kurdish minorities are most prevalent. In response to the unrest, Iranian authorities have limited accessibility to internet services in an attempt to silence information spread and hamper coordination of demonstrations. The government’s response led many outlets to draw connections to protests seen in the country in 2019. Those protests, which were sparked by rising fuel prices and economic turmoil, left over 1,500 people dead.
Iranian authorities have denied responsibility for the deaths in recent clashes, pinning the blame on armed dissidents. Additionally, they have denied blame for the death of Amini, whom they claim had preexisting health issues and fell into a coma during her arrest. Amini’s family has denied the state’s claim, stating she did not have health issues and citing evidence of her having been beaten before being taken to the hospital, where she died.
Coverage of the ongoing protests has been consistent across the spectrum since the incident occurred last week.
Featured Coverage of this Story
From the LeftAt least 9 killed as Iran protests spread over woman’s death
Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters angry over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody have killed at least nine people since the violence erupted over the weekend, according to a tally Thursday by The Associated Press.
The scope of Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in several years, still remains unclear as protesters in at least a dozen cities — venting anger over social repression and the country’s mounting crises — continue to encounter security and paramilitary forces.
To prevent protests from spreading, Iran’s biggest telecom operator...
From the Right9 dead in escalating unrest as demonstrators set fire to police stations, stab regime enforcer
At least nine people have been killed as protests against the Islamist regime in Iran escalated Thursday, with protesters setting fire to police buildings and stabbing a regime enforcer.
Thousands of protesters have gathered across the country following the police-custody death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Iranian morality police for not wearing a head covering. Protests have become increasingly violent in major cities like Tehran, where police stations and vehicles have gone up in flames.
Protesters also stabbed a member of the Basij, a pro-government paramilitary organization, according...
From the CenterIran protests spread, death toll rises as internet curbed
Iranian authorities and a Kurdish rights group reported rising death tolls on Wednesday as anger at the death of a woman detained by the morality police fuelled protests for a fifth day and fresh restrictions were placed on social media.
Iranian media and a local prosecutor said four people were killed in the last two days, bringing the total death toll according to official sources to eight, including a member of the police and a pro-government militia member.
The demonstrations erupted over the death in detention last week of Mahsa...