The death toll in protests against Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran has risen to 31. Photo/Al Jazeera
“The Iranian people have taken to the streets to achieve basic rights and human dignity and the government responded to their peaceful protests with bullets,” Iran’s Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said in a statement, publishing the toll after six days of protests. as quoted from Al ArabiyaFriday (23/9/2022).
The IHR said it had confirmed protests taking place in more than 30 other cities and urban centres, raising concerns over “mass arrests” of protesters and civil society activists.
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The protests first erupted over the weekend in the northern province of Kurdistan, where Amini is from, but have now spread across the country.
The IHR said its toll included the deaths of 11 people who died on Wednesday night in the town of Amol in northern Mazandaran province on the Caspian Sea, and six others in Babol in the same province.
Meanwhile, the IHR said, the northeastern large city of Tabriz witnessed its first death in the protests.
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“Condemnation and expressions of concern by the international community are no longer enough,” said Amiry-Moghaddam.
Earlier, Kurdish rights group Hengaw said 15 people had been killed in Kurdistan province and other Kurdish-populated areas in northern Iran, including eight as of Wednesday night.