הפגנה הפגנות איראן תחנת דלק הוצתה ב טהרן
A burned gas station in Tehran following the protests last November
Photo: AFP
Protestors in Tehran last November

Iranian lawmaker says 230 killed in November protests

Islamic Republic official first to give death toll figure from mass protests, says almost half of deaths are security forces or passersby; watchdog claims more than 300 protestors dead

Associated Press |
Published: 06.01.20 , 22:50
An Iranian lawmaker said Monday that 230 people were killed in November’s anti-government protests in Iran, the official news agency reported.
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  • This is the first time a prominent Iranian lawmaker has given a death toll figure for November’s protests. The unrest was the most widespread and violent Iran had seen since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
    מחאה הפגנות הפגנה נגד מחיר מחירי דלק עיר אספהאן איראןמחאה הפגנות הפגנה נגד מחיר מחירי דלק עיר אספהאן איראן
    Protestors in Tehran last November
    (Photo: AFP)
    IRNA quoted lawmaker Mojtaba Zolnouri, the head of the influential parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy as saying, “the incidents saw 230 killed."
    Zolnouri said about one-fifth of those killed were members of the security forces. He said about one-quarter of those killed were passersby not involved in the protests, some of whom were shot in the head or chest from close distances. He said 22% of those killed in the unrest had criminal records.
    Protesters attacked 92 security, police and public buildings in the course of the unrest, he added.
    הפגנה הפגנות איראן תחנת דלק הוצתה ב טהרןהפגנה הפגנות איראן תחנת דלק הוצתה ב טהרן
    A burned gas station in Tehran following the protests last November
    (Photo: AFP)
    Amnesty International has said more than 300 people were killed over the four days of unrest in cities and towns across Iran in November, which were sparked by a sharp rise in subsidized gasoline prices.
    During the violence and in the days that followed, Iranian authorities blocked access to the internet.
    Tehran has yet to release any official statistics about the scale of the unrest, though two weeks ago the government acknowledged that the security forces shot and killed protesters.
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