At the least 31 civilians have been killed in an Iranian safety forces crackdown on protests that erupted over the demise of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the morality police, an Oslo-based NGO mentioned Thursday.
“The folks of Iran have come to the streets to realize their elementary rights and human dignity… and the federal government is responding to their peaceable protest with bullets,” Iran Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam mentioned in an announcement, publishing a toll after six days of protests.
IHR mentioned it had confirmed protests going down in over 30 cities and different city centres, elevating alarm over “mass arrests” of protesters and civil society activists.
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Protests first erupted over the weekend within the northern province of Kurdistan, from the place Amini originated, however have now unfold throughout the nation.
IHR mentioned its toll included the deaths of 11 folks killed Wednesday evening within the city of Amol within the northern Mazandaran province on the Caspian Sea, and 6 killed in Babol in the identical province.
In the meantime, the main northeastern metropolis of Tabriz noticed its first demise within the protests, IHR mentioned.
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“Condemnation and expression of concern by the worldwide neighborhood are now not sufficient,” Amiry-Moghaddam mentioned.
Earlier, Kurdish rights group Hengaw mentioned 15 folks had been killed in Kurdistan province and different Kurdish-populated areas of the north of Iran, together with eight on Wednesday evening.