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Human rights organization says 19 children dead, protests engulf Iran

Human rights organization says 19 children dead, protests engulf Iran
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DUBAI, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Protests sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody in Iran continued on Sunday despite a crackdown by authorities, a rights group said. killed in demonstrations.

Anti-government protests that began in September. For 17 years, the funeral of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the Kurdish city of Saghez has become the biggest call for Iran’s spiritual leaders in recent years, with protesters demanding the overthrow of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“At least 185 people, including at least 19 children, have been killed in nationwide protests in Iran. Most of the killings were recorded in Sistan and Baluchistan province,” the Norway-based Iran Human Rights Organization said on Saturday.

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Authorities assessed the protests as a trick of Iran’s enemies, including the United States. Their armed opponents are among the violence that has left at least 20 members of the security forces dead.

Videos shared on social media showed hundreds of high school girls and university students protesting Sunday morning in dozens of Iranian cities despite security forces using tear gas, batons and, in many cases, live bullets.

Iranian authorities have denied that live bullets were used.

‘DON’T HIT MY WIFE SHE’S PREGNANT’

A video posted on Twitter by the widely followed activist 1500tasvir shows baton-wielding security forces attacking students at a high school in Tehran.

In another video, a man shouted “don’t hit my wife, she’s pregnant” while trying to protect him from riot police in the city of Rafsanjan on Saturday.

Mamlekate, which has more than 150,000 followers, shared a video in the video showing security forces harassing dozens of schoolgirls in Bandar Abbas. Social media posts said shops were closed in several cities after activists called for a mass strike.

Reuters was unable to verify the videos and transcripts. Details of the casualties have been slow to emerge, in part because of internet restrictions imposed by authorities.

Meanwhile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted the deputy interior minister as warning that those who refer to the rioters would be severely punished.

Amini was arrested in Tehran in September. 13 for wearing “inappropriate clothing”. He died three days later in a hospital in Tehran.

A state coroner’s report on Saturday said Amini died of pre-existing medical conditions. His father called the police responsible his death with the family lawyer saying “respected doctors” they believe that he was beaten while in prison.

Although the United States and Canada have already imposed sanctions on the Iranian authorities, the European Union was considering imposing these sanctions. active freeze and travel bans on Iranian officials.

“Those who beat (Iranian) women and girls on the street, those who kidnap, arbitrarily arrest and sentence people who want nothing more than to live freely, are on the wrong side of history.” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbok told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag on Sunday.

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Additional reporting by Birgit Mitwollen in Berlin Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Edited by Elaine Hardcastle and Barbara Lewis

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