Iran admits more than 300 deaths in protests over the death of Mahsa Amini

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has confirmed that more than 300 people have died since the start in September of the protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman arrested in the capital, Tehran, for allegedly wearing the veil poorly, which represents the first official balance since the beginning of the mobilizations.

The commander of the Revolutionary Guard Air Force, Amir Ali Hayizadé, has highlighted that “more than 300 people have died and have fallen martyrs during these two months because they did not recognize the enemy”, as reported by the Iranian news portal Tabnak. “You have to know the enemy,” he said.

Till the date, the Revolutionary Guard had only confirmed the deaths of members of the security forces and agents of the intelligence services.a in the framework of the mobilizations, blamed by Tehran on Western countries –among them the United States– that seek to destabilize the internal situation.

The balance is, however, much lower than that provided by the non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights (IHR), which speaks of more than 410 deaths due to the repression of the protests, which have been taking place for more than two months in all the provinces of the Central Asian country. For its part, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) estimates the number of dead protesters at 451, in addition to 60 agents of the security forces.

The repression of the protests led the United Nations Human Rights Council to approve last week the creation of an independent international mission to investigate “alleged violations of Human Rights” in Iran, although the Iranian government has stressed that “will not cooperate” and has stated that “has proof” on the role of foreign countries in the mobilizations.

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