Protests erupt in Iran, fiercest clashes leave 106 killed

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

20th Nov, 2019. 10:32 am
106 killed in Iran protests

The protests in Iran against the rise in petrol prices have worsened as more than 100 protesters are reportedly dead.

According to the details, days of protests in Iran over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed more than 100 people across the country.

Iran observes its largest protests in years, in over 100 cities.

The UK-based organization accused Iranian security forces of using excessive and lethal force to crush the demonstrations.

According to reports, “At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed.

“The real death toll may be much higher with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed”, reports said.

The anger broke out after Tehran announced fuel rationing and a price increase of 50 percent.

In some cases petrol prices are being raised by as much as 300%. Unrest continued throughout Iran and internet access remained blocked for a second day.

Videos smuggled out of the country showed municipal buildings and banks being torched and large traffic jams as drivers blocked roads.

The clashes seemed fiercest in the cities of Shiraz and Ahvaz rather than in Tehran As many as 1,000 people have been arrested.

Government snipers have shot into the crowds from rooftops and even a helicopter, Amnesty reports, adding to “a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings by Iranian security forces, which have used excessive and lethal force to crush largely peaceful protests.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, calls the protesters “thugs” and “rioters” trying to destabilize the country at the behest of foreign influences.

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