Human rights groups have reported that four people have died and even 10-year-old girls have been victims of the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on recent protests.
One of the 10-year-old girls was in critical condition after being shot in the head by security forces during anti-government protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman in police custody.
According to @HengawO, during an attack on protests in Bukan, Kurdistan Province, a 10-year-old girl was shot in the head and seriously wounded. The girl’s condition is reported to be critical. #Mahsa_Aminipic.twitter.com/VMJUlPCUKN
— 1500tasvir_en (@1500tasvir_en) September 19, 2022
Protests over the death of the 22-year-old intensified on Monday evening, spreading to several cities and turning violent in some areas.
Non-governmental organizations reported that Iranian forces opened fire on protesters in the town of Sakez, Mahsa’s hometown, killing two people.
In Diwandare, also in Kurdistan province, where heavy clashes broke out between protesters and security forces on Monday:
“Citizens, Fouad Khadimi and Mohsen Mohammadi, died after being transferred to Kosar Hospital and 15 others were injured,” added by the non-governmental organization.
ANOTHER GIRL INJURED
In addition to the first victim, who is in critical condition, another video circulating on social networks shows a second attack on a minor.
— World Signal (@AIertaMundiaI) September 20, 2022
According to reports, this would happen in Buchan province, where protests have intensified in recent hours.
The girl, also 10 years old, was attacked with blank bullets and taken to hospital amid the chaos and repression in Iran, according to local media.
Protesters in several cities clashed with security forces on Monday night in several cities.
According to reports, they shouted slogans against the regime and its highest authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Another video from Tehran showed protesters clashing with a water cannon used by riot police as they tried to disperse them.
“We will fight, we will die, we will take back Iran” protesters in Tehran chanted in a video shared on Twitter. “Clergy must be lost,” protesters in the capital chanted, referring to Iran’s theocratic rulers.
Watch: Protesters in the Iranian capital #Tehran chant “Death to the Islamic Republic”, footage shared by activists shows, while anti-government protests sparked by the death of #Mahsa_Amini continued.#MahsaAmini https://t.co/W6eQRLXgTA pic.twitter.com/MBOTGlBFfU
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 20, 2022
Protests also erupted in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Khamenei’s hometown, with demonstrators chanting “death to the Islamic Republic”.
In the northern city of Rasht, protesters chanted “death to the dictator,” referring to Khamenei, according to a video shared on Twitter.
Another video from Rasht shows Iranian security forces fleeing the protesters.
Al Arabiya English was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the videos.
Internet blocking observatory NetBlocks reported on Friday “almost total internet disconnection” in several provinces.
The protests began after Amini was pronounced dead on Friday after falling into a coma after being detained by the moral police.
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For this, she was accused of not following the strict rules of the hijab-wearing regime in Tehran.
Iranian police said Amini “suddenly had a heart problem” while she was detained.
State media published reports that he suffered from multiple health problems before his arrest.
However, Mahsa Amini’s parents said their daughter had no previous health problems.
In turn, the activists say that during her detention, she suffered serious injuries that led to her death.