At least 63 people were killed last week in Zahedan, southeast Iran, as a result of security forces’ repression of demonstrations, the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Tuesday, revising an earlier report.
That “murdersin Zahedan, a city in Sistan-Balochistan provincecrimes against humanity‘ the Norway-based NGO confirmed in a press release. The previous report reported 41 casualties in the region and a total of 92 deaths in the country since September 16.
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General protest movement
During the “Bloody Friday by Zahedan“The security forces have”displaced in the blooda demonstration that broke out after prayers, she said on Sunday. The protest was sparked by allegations that a police chief in the port city of Chabahar, also in that province, raped a 15-year-old girl from the Sunni Baloch minority, according to IHR.
Reports published on social media had reported dozens of deaths in Zahedan on Friday, while footage showed overcrowded hospitals and bloodied corpses. The clashes came amid a broader context of nationwide protests that erupted two weeks ago following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by vice police.
Multiplication of hangings
Bordering Pakistan, Sistan-Balochistan is one of Iran’s poorest regions and home to the Baloch minority, who mainly adhere to Sunni Islam and not Iran’s predominant Shi’ism. In recent months, activists have complained about the disproportionate number of Baluch prisoners being executed, while executions in the Islamic Republic have increased.
Iran, for its part, says five members of the Revolutionary Guards, the regime’s ideological army, were killed in Zahedan, in what state media dubbed “terrorist incident“. The IHR also accuses the security forces of having shot at demonstrators from a military helicopter on Monday. Four people “driving in an open car were shot dead by a military helicopter in northern Zahedan‘ the NGO said.
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