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Iran was rocked by a wave of protests following the death of Mahsa Amini on 16 September.

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Iran was rocked by a wave of protests following the death of Mahsa Amini on 16 September.

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At least three protesters were killed this Saturday by Iranian security forces in the country’s northwest during protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, the non-governmental organization Hengaw condemned. “Government repressive forces opened fire on demonstrators in the town of Divandarreh, killing at least three civilians,” a Norwegian NGO told AFP.

Kurdish rights group Hengaw also told AFP today that Iranian security forces opened fire on the family of the deceased protester, injuring at least five members. “Last night [sexta-feira]members of the Revolutionary Guard [da República Islâmica] attacked the Shahid Goli Pour hospital in Bukan, took the body of Shahriyar Mohammadi and buried him in a secret place,” a source at the NGO told AFP.

Iran was rocked by a wave of protests following the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who was arrested three days earlier by vice police for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. Denouncing “riots” organized by foreign forces, the authorities went on the offensive and detained more than 15,000 demonstrators, according to NGOs, several of whom were sentenced to death.

In recent weeks, funerals for demonstrators who died during the crackdown have often led to rallies denouncing the death of Mahsa Amini and more generally challenging the government, AFP reported. To avoid demonstrations, Iranian security forces are now taking away the bodies of demonstrators they killed for burial, activists accuse.

Also in the country’s northwest, security forces opened fire on protesters in Divandarreh, injuring several people, Hengau said. At least 342 people were killed in the crackdown on the protests, according to the Oslo-based Iranian human rights organization (TIC).

Source: Observador

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