Irshadgul News report,
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – At least nine people have died in clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters angry over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody, as violence broke out on Thursday, according to a tally . by Associated Press.
The widespread boycott of Instagram and WhatsApp, used by protesters to share information about the government’s action on the protests, continued on Thursday. Officials also appeared to block access to the Internet to the outside world, a tactic that rights activists say governments often employ in times of unrest.
Demonstrations in Iran began as an emotional outrage over the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, organized for allegedly violating a strictly enforced dress code by the country’s ethics police. His death has been strongly condemned by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations. Police say she died of a heart attack and was not abused, but her family has cast doubt on her.
Protests over the past four days have turned into an open challenge to the government, with women taking off their state-mandated headscarves in the streets and Iranians setting dustbins on fire and calling for the fall of the Islamic republic.
“Death to the dictator!” This has been a common practice in protests.
Demonstrations have rocked university campuses in Tehran and even remote western cities such as Kermanshah. Although widespread, the unrest appears to be different from the first round of nationwide protests triggered by pocketbook issues as Iran’s economy falters under heavy US sanctions. The unrest that erupted in 2019 over the government’s sudden hike in petrol prices mobilized the working class in smaller towns. Hundreds of people were killed in the crackdown by security forces, the deadliest violence since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to human rights groups.
Iran’s state media this week reported demonstrations in at least 13 cities, including the capital Tehran, as protesters vented anger over social repression. Videos online showed security forces using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protests. London-based Amnesty International said officers shot birds and beat protesters with sticks.
At least nine people have been killed in the confrontation, according to AP calculations based on statements from Iran’s state and semi-official media. Officials have blamed unidentified foreign countries, which they claim are trying to stir up unrest.
The provincial police chief in Amini’s home province in the northwest of Kurdistan said four protesters were killed in the fire. In Kermanshah, the prosecutor said two demonstrators were killed by opposition groups, insisting that the bullets were not fired by Iran’s security forces.
Meanwhile, three people belonging to Basij, a volunteer force under the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, were also killed in clashes in the cities of Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad, semi-official media reported, raising the death toll on both sides to nine.
As the protests spread, authorities shut down the internet in parts of the country, according to Netblocks, a London-based group that monitors internet access, calling the restrictions the most severe since the November 2019 mass protests. .
Iran has faced waves of opposition in recent years, mainly over a long-running economic crisis stemming from Western sanctions linked to its nuclear program. Iranians also blame the government for corruption and mismanagement as prices of basic goods rise, currency shrinks in value and unemployment remains high.
The Biden administration and European allies are working to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, in which Iran curbed its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, but talks have been at a standstill for months.
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