Four dead in demonstrations in Iran, according to a Kurdish NGO

Four dead in demonstrations in Iran, according to a Kurdish NGO

DUBAI (Reuters) – Four people were killed in Iran’s Kurdish-majority region on Monday when security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting the death of a young woman after she was arrested by vice police, a Kurdish human rights organization said.

The death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini under unclear circumstances this weekend triggered a wave of outrage and spontaneous demonstrations in many cities in the country, including the capital Tehran.

The young woman was arrested because she was wearing a headscarf, which violates Islamic law in Iran.

Protests continued on Monday, and human rights organization Hengaw reported on Twitter that in Saqez, Mahsa Amini’s hometown, two people were killed after security forces opened fire on the street.

Two other people were shot dead in Divandarreh, she said.

Iranian authorities have not disclosed these deaths and Reuters has not been able to independently confirm this information.

In Paris, the Quai d’Orsay judged the arrest and death of Mahsa Amini “deeply shocking” and called for a “transparent investigation (…) into the circumstances of this tragedy”.

(Dubai Office, written by Tom Perry, French version Tangi Salaün)


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