nationwide protests; Over 185 dead so far/19 children
Aryan Community News Agency; The number of people killed in recent protests increased to at least 185 people, including 19 children. Most of the killings took place in Sistan and Baluchistan provinces, so that half of the dead are related to this province of Iran.
According to the report of Jamia Aryaei news agency, citing the Iranian Human Rights Organization, the number of people killed in recent protests has reached at least 185 people. It should be noted that according to verified documents, at least 19 children are among the dead. This information is reflected in a comprehensive report by the Iranian Human Rights Organization, which is reflected below:
The Iranian Human Rights Organization once again strongly condemns the killing of protesters and considers these crimes, especially what happened in Zahedan, to be examples of “crimes against humanity”. In a meeting on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council meeting on Wednesday, 13 Mehr (October 5, 2022), the director of this organization, Mahmoud Amiri Moghadam, called for the leaders and perpetrators of this crime to be held accountable and prosecuted through the formation of an independent international delegation under the supervision of the United Nations.
Also, yesterday, the Iranian Human Rights Organization, while emphasizing that the responsibility for the crime rests with Ali Khamenei and the forces under his command, called for legal and international prosecution of the directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Organization and sanctioning them. This request was made due to the cooperation of this organization with security institutions to produce and record a forced confession and broadcast it on Iran’s government radio and television.
According to the statistics and information of the Iranian Human Rights Organization, the number of people killed in recent protests has reached at least 185 people. According to the reports received by this organization, 19 of the dead were under 18 years of age, but it has not yet received birth certificates and documents showing their exact age for all of them. Efforts to accurately record their ages are ongoing.
In the case of some of the dead, especially in the cases where the victims were young girls, the security institutions tried to prevent the information with all kinds of pressures or make the cause of death appear to be suicide. These pressures included arresting family members and obtaining televised confessions.
The dead were reported from 17 different provinces, and the most killed were from the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, Mazandaran, Gilan and West Azarbaijan. Some of these people were injured and died in the hospital in the following days. The most deaths were reported on 30 Shahrivar (September 21), 31 Shahrivar (September 22) and 8 Mehr (September 30), respectively.
The 17 provinces where protesters were killed are as follows:
- Sistan and Baluchistan 90 people
- Mazandaran, 27 people
- Gilan 12 people
- West Azerbaijan 12 people
- Kurdistan 8 people
- Tehran, 8 people
- Kermanshah 7 people
- Alborz 5 people
- Khorasan Razavi 3 people
- Isfahan 2 people
- Qazvin 2 people
- Kohgiloyeh and Boyerahmad 2 people
- Zanjan 2 people
- East Azerbaijan 2 people
- Ilam 1 person
- Bushehr 1 person
- Semnan 1 person
In the province of Sistan and Baluchistan, on Friday, October 8th, a gathering took place after the Friday prayer in Zahedan in protest against the assault of the Chabahar police commander on a young Baloch girl, which was followed by bloody repression. This day has been nicknamed “Bloody Friday of Zahedan” by civil activists and the media.
The number of people killed in the “Bloody Friday of Zahedan” announced by the “Baloch Activists Campaign” reached at least 90 people. Some of these people died in the hospital in the following days.
In addition, four Baloch citizens who were passengers in a car were shot by a military helicopter in the north of Zahedan on Monday, October 11 and died. The Iranian Human Rights Organization has not counted these four people among those killed in the protests.
During the past days, the streets of many Iranian cities were restless and witnessed student protests. Mass arrests of civil activists and those who participated in the protests continue.
It should be noted that due to the problems of reporting, the threat of security authorities and the current difficulty of researchers to confirm some cases, a significant part of the reports about the dead are still under investigation and the exact number of the dead is estimated to be higher than the mentioned number.