NGO, 50 dead in repression of protests in Iran – World

At least 50 people were killed in the crackdown on protests in Iran. The demonstrations followed the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who died while she was in the custody of the moral police for not wearing the hijab correctly. She announced today the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) based in Oslo.

Thousands of people demonstrated today across Iran on Friday at government-sponsored pro-veil counter-demonstrations after a week of bloody protests over Mahsa Amin’s death. And today thousands of people took to the streets in support of the hijab and a conservative dress code in government-backed counter-demonstrations in Tehran and other cities including Ahvaz, Isfahan, Qom and Tabriz. “The great demonstration by the Iranian people that condemns the conspirators and sacrileges against religion took place today,” said the Iranian news agency Mehr. Imam Seyed Ahmad Khatami set the tone for weekly prayers in Tehran, urging “the judiciary to act swiftly against the rioters who brutalize people, set fire to public property and burn the Koran”. “To support the end of the veil is to do politics in the American way,” sang the faithful, who held up placards thanking the security forces and condemning the women who burned the hijab in public.