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As the protest movement sparked by Masha Amini’s death enters its fourth week in Iran, new demonstrations have taken place over the weekend. Two members of the security forces were killed, the country’s official agency reported on Sunday. The day before, state television was briefly hacked while broadcasting a speech by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Boiling universities, violent rallies in Tehran and in the northern regions of the country, the Iranian street continues to express its anger despite the bloody repression exerted by power.
Two members of the Iranian security forces have been killed during demonstrations over the weekend to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday (Oct 9).
A member of the paramilitary Bassij militia was killed on Saturday night “after sustaining serious head injuries following an armed attack by a mob” in southern Tehran, IRNA reported. Bassidji’s force is tied to the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s ideological army.
A member of the Revolutionary Guards was also killed on Saturday during demonstrations in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan, Mahsa Amini’s home province.
“Police forces used tear gas to disperse crowds in dozens of places in Tehran,” the official IRNA news agency confirmed, adding that protesters “shouted slogans and set fire to and damaged public property, including a police station and garbage cans.” ” in Tehran, Sanandaj. and other cities in the country.
“Join Us and Rise Up”
In addition, state television was hacked on Saturday during the broadcast of a speech by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Suddenly the Ayatollah’s face appeared, framed by a cross and surrounded by flames. “Join us and stand up,” the still image read as the faces of several protesters killed by law enforcement appeared at the bottom of the screen.
The latest death toll in the protests given by Iranian media dates back to September 27, when the Fars news agency reported “some 60” people killed since September 16, including 12 members of the army forces.
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But according to several NGOs, the number of victims would be even higher. The Iran Human Rights organization, based in Oslo in Norway, had mentioned the figure of 92 dead in early October.
A protest movement has shaken Iran since the death on September 16 of this young Iranian Kurdish woman, aged 22, who died three days after her arrest by Tehran’s moral police for having, according to them, broken the strict code of Women’s clothing in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
With AP and AFP