Publicado: Mier, Diciembre 04, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Amnesty: 208 Protesters Killed in Iran’s Deadliest Violence Since 1988 Mass Executions

Amnesty: 208 Protesters Killed in Iran’s Deadliest Violence Since 1988 Mass Executions

Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of gasoline, the deadliest unrest to hit the country since the turmoil of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Amnesty International said on Monday it believes at least 208 people were killed in the protests and the crackdown that followed.

Dozens of the deaths have been recorded in Shahriar city in Tehran province - one of the cities with the highest death tolls. "Those responsible for this bloody clampdown on demonstrations must be held accountable for their actions", he said.

Authorities also have been visiting hospitals, looking for patients with gunshot wounds or other injuries from the unrest, Mills said.

"It's something pretty unprecedented event in the history of the human rights violations in the Islamic Republic", Mansoureh Mills, an Iran researcher for Amnesty International, told AP. The ayatollah is stealing tens and tens of millions of dollars, putting it in his own pocket, money that should go to provide resources for the Iranian people.

Thousands of people joined demonstrations angry over an increase in petrol prices, which are set by the government.

During the height of protests Iran shut down internet access so Iranians would not be able to share details with the outside world.

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Iran has accused its foreign enemies and opposition exiles of inciting the unrest, some of which involved people looting and setting fire to buildings.

In addition, the travel ban and related policies have begun to chip away at traditionally positive views of the United States, with recent polling showing that 86% of Iranians now view the US unfavorably. It also said some passersby and some members of the security forces were also killed.

The TV report said security forces clashed with "rioters armed with semi-heavy weapons" in Mahshar, in Iran's oil-rich southwest province of Khuzestan, which suffered one of the highest death tolls. It then crosschecked the information.

Citing opposition groups, global rights organizations and local journalists, The New York Times has reported that at least 180, and possibly 450 or more, people could have been killed during the four-day period beginning November 15. "We feel like it's our responsibility to say something". If the USA pursued policies aimed at creating a better future for the Iranian people, they may have the added benefit of producing less unsafe Iranian government policies than those we have seen under the mantra of maximum pressure. Some families are also being forced to make extortionate payments to have the bodies of their loved ones returned to them.

If helping the Iranian people is a key objective, lifting the travel ban would be one of the most important steps this administration could take - for both humanitarian and interest-based reasons. Beyond rhetorical support, there are a number of concrete steps the United States could take if concern for the Iranian people is a genuine priority, as it should be.

The unrest, which began on November 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300%, rapidly spread to over 100 cities and towns and turned political with young and working-class protesters demanding clerical leaders step down.

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