at least 63 dead in the demonstrations in Zahedan

At least 63 people were killed last week in Zahedan, southeastern Iran, by crackdowns on demonstrations by security forces, NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) said Tuesday, reviewing an earlier report. increase.

The “murdersin Zahedan, a city in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, constitutecrimes against humanity“, The NGO based in Norway reiterated in a statement. His previous report reported 41 casualties in this region and 92 people killed in total in the country since September 16.

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General protest movement

During “Zahedan, damn Friday“, The security forces have”repressed in the blooda demonstration erupted after prayers, he said on Sunday. The protest was sparked by allegations that a police chief in the port city of Chabahar, also in that province, raped a 15-year-old girl from the Sunni baloch minority, according to the IHR.

Reports posted on social media reported dozens of deaths in Zahedan on Friday, as filming showed overwhelmed hospitals and bloody corpses. The clashes took place in a wider context of protests across the country, which broke out two weeks ago following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the deputy police.

Multiplication of curtains

Bordering Pakistan, Sistan-Baluchistan is one of the poorest regions of Iran and is home to the Baloch minority, which adheres mainly to Sunni Islam and not to the dominant Shiism in Iran. In recent months, activists have complained about the disproportionate number of executed Baloch convicts, as hangings increase in the Islamic Republic.

For its part, Iran claims that five members of the Revolutionary Guards, the regime’s ideological army, were killed in Zahedan, in what state media described as a “terrorist incident“. The IHR also accuses the security forces of shooting protesters from a military helicopter on Monday. Four people.”driving an open car were shot and killed by a military helicopter in the north of Zahedan“, Said the NGO.

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