NGOs raise death toll in Iran protests to 185, denounce extrajudicial killing of teenage girl

Iran Human Rights puts death toll in Zahedan riots at 90 alone

The NGO Iran Human Rights has now put the death toll at 185, including 19 children, due to the crackdown by forces aligned with the Iranian authorities on protests in the country over the death in custody of young Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini and has denounced in the last few hours the killing of 16-year-old protester Sarina Esmailzadeh by a beating by security forces.

Nearly half of the deceased were identified in the town of Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchistan province, where 90 people lost their lives during a march held on September 30 to protest the rape of a 15-year-old Baluchi girl by the head of the Chabaha Police.

To the Zahedan victims must be added 27 others killed in Mazandaran province, 12 in Gilan, 12 in West Azerbaijan, 8 in Kurdistan, 8 in Tehran, 7 in Kermanshah, 5 in Alborz, three in Khorasan-Razavi, two each in Kohgiluye, Isfahan, Zanjan, Qazvin and West Azerbaijan, and one each in Semnan, Ilam and Bushehr.

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The latest balance sheet is published after the NGO blamed the security forces for the murder of young Sarina Esmailzadeh, a native of Karaj, beaten to death on September 22.

“After reviewing the evidence and speaking with eyewitnesses and close sources, Iran Human Rights confirms that Sarina was the victim of a murder carried out by state security forces,” the NGO denounces, before accusing elements close to the Iranian government of trying to cover up her death as a suicide.

Iran Human Rights also calls on the international community to investigate the death of another protester, 17-year-old Nika Shakarami, after rejecting the official version that she had fallen from a building during the protests.

Family sources who were able to see the body, however, have a death certificate that specifies “multiple blows from a blunt object” as the cause of death, according to the NGO.

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On the other hand, this Saturday, media close to the Iranian regime have reported the death of a person “killed in the riots” that occurred in the city of Sanandaj, in the west of the country.

A video posted on social networks shows the moment when the man, a young man, is shot dead while driving a car. The chief of police in Kurdistan province, Ali Azadi, has denied that his officers were responsible for the shooting because they had riot gear, not live ammunition.

The authorities have denounced several deaths by gunfire from weapons other than those used by the security forces and have denounced the intervention of “terrorist groups” who want to take advantage of the protests to try to generate unrest.

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