More than 300 dead in Iran protests – general



The Manila Times

Americas And Emea

TEHRAN: More than 300 people have been killed in Iran since protests erupted over the death of Mahsa Amini while under the custody of the morality police on September 16, a Revolutionary Guards general said on Tuesday. “Everyone in the country has been affected by the death of this lady,” Brigadier Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards’ aerospace division, said in a video published by the Mehr news agency, referring to the 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin. “I don’t have the latest figures, but I think we have had, perhaps, more than 300 martyrs and people killed in this country, including children, since this incident,” he added. The toll includes dozens of police, troops and militia killed in clashes with demonstrators or murdered. The latest official toll is much closer to the figure of at least 416 “killed in the suppression of protests in Iran” published by Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights. The group says its toll includes those killed in violence related to the Amini protests and in distinct unrest in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.