The death toll rises in the protests in Iran | The government cut off access to social networks, which are the means of denouncing protesters

Iranian state television announced this Thursday 17 deaths since the beginning of the demonstrations for the death of Mahsa Amini. For its part, The NGO Human Rights of Iran (IHR) reported the death of 31 people at the hands of the security force. The United States imposed sanctions on the Iranian morality police.

The NGO IHR published a statement denouncing the number of 31 people who died demonstrating for the suspicious death of the 22-year-old girl. “The people of Iran have taken to the streets to achieve their fundamental rights and human dignity and the government is responding to their peaceful protest with bullets.”its director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said in a statement, after six consecutive days of protests.

IHR is charged with empowering Iranian civil society to fight for their rights based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The Islamic Republic’s repressive forces are shooting protesters with live ammunition and buckshot,” the IHR director said. “The international community’s condemnation and expression of concern is not enough. The international community and all those who adhere to human rights must now support the demands of the Iranian people.”the organization tweeted along with images showing Iranian security forces cracking down on protesters.

the official version

Iranian state television announced Thursday that at least 17 people were killed in the protests shaking Iran over the death of Amini, who was arrested for improperly wearing the veil. “Seventeen people have been killed, including policemen, in the incidents of recent days,” said the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), which assured that it is their count and that they are not government data.

So far the authorities have confirmed the deaths of eight people, including three members of the security forces. The protests began on Friday after learning of Amini’s death after being arrested by the morality police for wearing the veil wrong and have spread throughout the country.

With shouts such as “Justice, freedom and no to compulsory hijab”, “Women, life, freedom” or “Death to the dictator”, the protesters showed their outrage in at least 20 cities in the countryin protests in which the violence intensified with the security forces resorting to riot gear.

In the clashes this Wednesday night, protesters burned at least two police stations and several vehicles. Some videos shared on Twitter by activists and journalists showed protests in many cities across the country on Wednesday night. Other videos showed women burning veils, images that became symbols of the protests.

In the northwestern city of Rasht, an elderly woman marched without a veil while shouting “Death to the dictator,” one of the videos showed. “Iranians, young and old, have stood up for their human dignity and against the brutal regime of Ali Khamenei. The authorities responded with widespread violence. World leaders must show their support for the people”, published the director of IHR.

Internet is prohibited

The government on Wednesday night blocked the mobile internet almost completely and limited applications such as WhatsApp and Instagram in an apparent attempt to control the protests. The state of communications improved this Thursday morning, but in the afternoon it began to fail again. Social networks, especially Twitter, are playing an important role, with protesters posting hundreds of videos on them.

Faced with this situation, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard on Thursday described the protests as “sedition” and asked the judiciary to prosecute those who spread “rumors and lies” on social media and in the streets. A petition to which the ultraconservative newspaper joined Kayhan, whose director is chosen by the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, who criticized the Judiciary for apparently not convicting anyone for the protests. “Show no mercy to these criminals,” the newspaper asked.

Amini was arrested on Tuesday of last week by the so-called Morale Police in Tehran, where she was visiting, and was taken to a police station to attend an hour of re-education for wearing the veil wrong. She died three days later in a hospital where she arrived in a coma after suffering a heart attack, which authorities attributed to health problems, something the family denied.

His death managed to summon thousands of Iranians through pain and empathy, unlike other occasions in which the demonstrations were reduced to fragmented social groups mobilized by the economy.

US Punishes Iranian Morale Police

The United States on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on Iran’s morale police after Amini’s death in custody. The US Treasury said the morality police were responsible for Amini’s death and based the sanctions on abuse and violence against Iranian women and violating the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters.

Washington took the sanctions step after violent protests erupted across Iran. Women protesters burned veils and denounced the persecution they are subjected to by the government.

“Mahsa Amini was a brave woman whose death in police custody was another act of brutality by the Iranian regime’s security forces against her own people,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. “We condemn this unconscionable act in the strongest terms and call on the Iranian government to end its violence against women and its violent crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly,” it said in a statement.

In similar terms, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said that the Iranian government must end its systematic persecution of women and allow peaceful protests. In a statement, he added that the United States will continue to express its support for human rights in Iran and hold accountable those who violate them.

The Treasury sanctions are intended to freeze assets that the designees may have under US jurisdiction and prohibit any US individual or company, including international banks with operations in the country, from doing business with them, limiting their access to US networks. global financials.

Report: Sofia Trojan

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