Demonstrations in Iran: The security services are stepping up repression against demonstrators in the Kurdish areas
Human rights organizations have said Iranian security forces have killed at least 30 anti-government protesters in the past week.
The Hangu Organization reported that since Sunday in Janurud alone, seven people have been killed in intense repression operations led by Revolutionary Guard forces armed with heavy weapons.
The funeral of two of them turned into a popular gathering.
Video images show a protester saying that “the Revolutionary Guards are firing automatic weapons at people’s heads”.
The images, verified by BBC Persian, appear to show people covered in blood in the street, and one of them screams that a child has been shot in the head. The sound of gunfire can be heard in the pictures.
A concerned mother for her young daughter and son taking part in the protests made a poignant appeal to people elsewhere in Iran: Please help us. They kill everyone, they kill young people, why don’t people in Tehran take to the streets? Please help Kurdistan, help the youth.”
On Monday, the BBC received video images showing a Republican Guard convoy, armed with heavy weaponry and mounted on vehicles, en route to Mahabad, which has also witnessed intense clashes lately.
City MP Jalal Mahmoudzadeh said at least 11 people were killed there last week.
In the town of Bir Anshahr, tens of thousands attended the funeral of 16-year-old Karavan Ghader Shukri, who was killed in the protests. Crowds gathered outside his family’s home to prevent security forces from stealing his body.
And every funeral like this became a popular gathering against the authorities in the country. Faced with this phenomenon, the security services took the bodies of the dead and buried them secretly, without the presence of their families or friends.
The protests, which have spread across Iran over the past two months, began in a Kurdish region.
It blew up after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who fell into a coma after being arrested by vice squads in the capital Tehran on charges of not “committing” to the veil.
The Kurdish region remained the center of the protests and repression took center stage.
Iran has accused Iraqi-based Kurdish armed groups of instigating protests in the region without providing any evidence. The photo posted on social media shows unarmed protesters facing security personnel.
Hango, based in Iraqi Kurdistan, said last week that more than 80 protesters were killed and another 4,000 arrested in Kurdish-majority areas alone.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency, based outside Iran, counted 419 deaths across the country and also reported the deaths of 56 security guards.
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