Iran: More than 300 demonstrators killed in recent protests against the regime
At least 304 people, including children, were killed and thousands more injured between November 15 and 18 as Iranian authorities crushed protests using lethal force and massacred unarmed demonstrators, a human rights group reported on Monday.
Amnesty International said that authorities were carrying out a “vicious crackdown” following the demonstrations in order to scare people into not talking about what happened.
“Harrowing testimony from eyewitnesses suggests that, almost immediately after the Iranian authorities massacred hundreds of those participating in nationwide protests, they went on to orchestrate a wide-scale clampdown.”
Video footage obtained showed Iranian security forces opening fire on protesters who did not pose any imminent risk.
Most of the deaths were caused by gunshots to the head, heart, and other vital organs, indicating security forces were shooting to kill, the report said.
At least 12 children are among those killed.
Earlier this month, a senior US State Department official said that Iran may have killed more than 1,000 people in protests against the regime.
Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook cited unspecified reports and provided no evidence of the death toll. However, he said that the US has seen a video of one incident in which more than 100 people were shot and killed.
The protests, which began on November 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300 percent, spread to more than 100 Iranian cities and towns and turned political as young and working-class protesters demanded the Islamic leaders step down.
Iran’s Muslim rulers have blamed “thugs” linked to its opponents and the country’s main foreign foes – the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia – for the deadly protests.