Amnesty International – At least 143 killed in Iran protests
Amnesty International reported on Monday that at least 143 demonstrators were killed across Iran since leaders ordered security forces to stamp out protests that followed fuel price increases on November 15.
The human rights group said it “believes that the death toll is significantly higher” and was still investigating. It called on the international community to condemn the bloodshed.
The London-based rights group said,
“According to credible reports … those killed include at least 143 people, the deaths have resulted almost entirely from the use of firearms.”
According to details, one person reportedly died after inhaling tear gas, another after being beaten up. Amnesty, which last week gave a death toll of more than 100, called for the international community to condemn the bloodshed.
Amnesty’s research and advocacy head for the Middle East, Philip Luthur said,
“The international community’s cautious and muted response to the unlawful killing of protesters is woefully inadequate, they must condemn these killings in the strongest possible terms and describe these events for what they are — the deadly and wholly unwarranted use of force to crush dissent.”
“verified videos show security forces deliberately shooting unarmed protesters from a short distance. In some cases, protesters were shot while they were running away.”
— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) November 25, 2019
The police, the Revolutionary Guard and the Basij paramilitary force and “others”, carried out the crackdown. Amnesty also showed an evidence that the security forces were shooting for the rooftops on the protesters.