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Amnesty: evidence of the killing of 304 protesters by Iran security forces

Amnesty International announced on Wednesday that it has received reliable evidence that 304 people were shot and killed by Iranian security forces during civil demonstrations in 2019. 

The organization said, in a statement, that it had evidence of the killing of 304 people, including 10 women and 23 children, during demonstrations in 37 Iranian cities, on November 15-19.
It added that 220 protesters were killed within two days.

The organization added: “Based on the organization’s research, which also included analyzing videos and photos, there is no evidence that the demonstrators were in possession of firearms or that they constituted a threat that required the use of lethal force by the security forces.”

“The shooting of many people without any evidence of the threats shows an explicit brutality of the unlawful killing of the security forces,” said Philip Luther, director of research and defense for the Middle East and North Africa.

Amnesty: evidence of the killing of 304 protesters by Iran security forces

He pointed out that officials prevented the families of the victims from demanding justice, adding, “In the absence of any possibilities for accountability at the national level, we reiterate our call to the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the killings, determine the truth and justice, and pay compensation.”

During November 2019, large-scale popular demonstrations were launched in Iran in protest against the increase in fuel prices.

The demonstrations, which lasted for about a week, resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries between the demonstrators and the security forces.

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