Organization shows – protests in Iran: 445 dead so far, 18,000 in custody

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According to estimates by human rights activists, at least 445 demonstrators have been killed in the mass protests in Iran. The US-based organization Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported on Friday that 63 were children among the dead. More than 18,000 people were also arrested. The protests have swept over 150 cities across the country since they began in mid-September.

The organization also recorded the deaths of 57 security guards.

The death of Masha Amini triggers the protests
The uprising against the political leadership in Iran was prompted by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini. The moral police had arrested her because she did not comply with the mandatory rules for wearing a headscarf.

The woman died in police custody on September 16. Since her death, tens of thousands have demonstrated across the country against the government’s repressive course and Islamic rule system.

Iran increases troop presence on Iraq border
Iran, meanwhile, wants to increase its troop presence on the border with Iraq. Additional special forces and armored units are deployed in the west and northwest of the country, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Ground Forces (IRGC) announced on Friday. The Tasnim news agency, which is close to the IRGC, reported that this was to prevent the entry of “terrorists”, Brigadier General Mohammed Pakpur said.

The Revolutionary Guards have repeatedly attacked targets in northern Iraq with missiles and kamikaze drones in recent weeks. Iran feels support for the protests in Iran in the Kurdish regions of the neighboring country. But observers also see this as domestic policy to distract the uprising.

Source: Krone

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