31 died in Iran’s anti-hijab protest crackdown: According to a report released on Thursday by an NGO based in Oslo, at least 31 civilians have slain in an Iranian security force crackdown on demonstrations that broke out following Mahsa Amini’s death following her arrest by the morality police.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam published a toll after six days of protests, saying, “The people of Iran have come to the streets to gain their fundamental rights and human dignity the regime is responding to their peaceful protest with bullets.”
IHR expressed concern over “mass arrests” of demonstrators and civil society activists after confirming demonstrations in over 30 cities and other major centers.
Amini’s native Kurdistan province in the north was the scene of the first demonstrations over the weekend, but they have now spread throughout the nation.
According to IHR, the death toll comprised 11 victims killed on Wednesday night in the town of Amol in the northern Caspian Sea province of Mazandaran and six victims killed in Babol.
The first protest-related fatality reported in Tabriz, a significant city in the northeast, according to IHR.
Amiry-Moghaddam stated, “condemnation and expressions of concern by the international community are no longer sufficient.”
Hengaw, a Kurdish rights organization, earlier reported that 15 people, including eight on Wednesday night, had killed in Kurdistan Province and other Kurdish-populated areas of northern Iran.