Iran news in brief, December 16, 2019

Over 1,500 Killed in Iran Protests, Names of 504 Martyrs Released The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran confirmed that over 1,500 protesters have been killed during the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising in different provinces across the country. At least 400…

Iran news in brief, December 16, 2019

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Over 1,500 Killed in Iran Protests, Names of 504 Martyrs Released

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran confirmed that over 1,500 protesters have been killed during the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising in different provinces across the country. At least 400 have been killed in Tehran, 320 in Kermanshah, 270 in Fars, 240 in Khuzestan, 120 in Isfahan, and 100 in Alborz.
The PMOI also released the names of 28 more martyrs of the uprising, bringing to 504 the number of those killed in 56 cities.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said the regime still refuses to hand over the bodies of the martyrs and brazenly demands their families pay for the bullets with which it murdered their children. This shocking crime is undoubtedly one of the most horrific crimes of the 21st century and by any measure amounts to a manifest case of crimes against humanity, she noted, underscoring that the international community must banish the religious fascism ruling Iran.

Iranian Officials Admit Killing Protesters in November Iran Protests

Iranian officials are gradually acknowledging the crimes security forces have committed. On December 11, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, member of the Iranian regime’s parliament, confirmed the brutal slaughter of the citizens of Mahshahr during the protests.

Ghazizadeh tried to justify the killing by accusing the protesters of “trying to damage the main energy lines of the country.” But he admitted, “A group of innocents might also have been hurt in the incident.”

Iran’s Regime Abandons Bodies of Slain Iranian Protesters in Rivers and Dams

Reports indicate that the Iranian regime is abandoning the bodies of slain Iranian protesters near villages, and in rivers and dams in western and southwestern Iran.
The latest body to be found was that of 28-year-old Pouya Ahmadzadeh, abandoned near a village in the western city of Sanandaj.
A source said that the body of the young man was bruised and that his font teeth were completely broken.
He was detained by security forces during nationwide protests in Iran and never returned home. After a frantic search for Pouya, his family were finally told that he was arrested by intelligence agents and that his family could see him when he was brought to court.
According to the report, the five protesters found in Sanandaj Dam have been identified as Heiva Rahimi, Massoud Amini, Reza Sadeghi, Suran Mohammadi and Ali Javaheri. They were between 20 to 25 years of ages and disappeared on November 16 after nationwide protests started in Sanandaj.

Amnesty International Confirms Iran Regime’s Deadly Crackdown on Protesters

In a report published on December 16, Amnesty International expressed concern over the fate of thousands of detained protesters during Iran protests.
“Iran’s authorities are carrying out a vicious crackdown following the outbreak of nationwide protests on 15 November, arresting thousands of protesters as well as journalists, human rights defenders and students to stop them from speaking out about Iran’s ruthless repression,” said Amnesty International.
“At least 304 people were killed, and thousands were injured between 15 and 18 November as authorities crushed protests using lethal force, according to credible reports compiled by the organization. The Iranian authorities have refused to announce a figure for those killed,” read the report

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