At Least 1000 Protesters Killed in Iran in November — Monthly Report by Human Rights Group
A t least 25 women have been killed by Iran’s regime in the course of the nationwide first Iran protests that erupted on November 15.
T he main opposition group has named 400 of more than 1000 protesters People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), who have been killed by the regime’s security forces.
Darabpour was killed during Iran protests in Ahvaz , according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) .
More than 4,000 persons have been wounded or injured during the Iran protests, and over 12,000 persons have been arrested. The wave of arbitrary arrests continues across Iran .
The NCRI’s Women’s Committee reports that o n December 6, 2019, a woman by the name of Nadia Sobhani , 25, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Javanrud , Kermanshah. She was accused of filming the protests. The Sobhani family has not been successful in obtaining any information on the fate of their daughter.
At a press briefing on December 5, 2019, Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, affirmed the number of deaths in the recent Iran protests may have surpassed 1,000. He added that the regime’s treatment of the Iranian people is abhorrent and unacceptable.
Hook said, “It appears the regime could have murdered over a thousand Iranian citizens since the protests began. We cannot be certain because the regime blocks information. Among those murdered are at least a dozen children, including 13 and 14-year-olds. We have received reports from family members of victims who tried to recover the bodies. The authorities demanded that the families first pay the cost of the bullets they used. In many cases, authorities would not hand over the bodies until their family promised not to hold public funerals.”
He added, “In Mahshahr , a city in southwest Iran, a number of Iranian demonstrators blocked a road. The State Department has received videos of what happened next. Without warning, the IRGC opened fire on the protesters, killing several people. Many of the protesters fled to nearby marshlands to escape. The IRGC tracked them down and surrounded them with machine guns mounted on trucks. They then sprayed the protesters with bullets. Between the rounds of machine-gun fire, the screams of the victims can be heard. In this one incident alone, the regime murdered as many as a hundred Iranians and possibly more. When it was over, the regime loaded the bodies into trucks. We do not yet know where these bodies went, but we are learning more and more about how the Iranian regime treats its own people.”
“The United States calls for the immediate release of all protesters detained in prison, as well as all the political prisoners currently held by the regime,” Ambassador Hook added .
Originally published at http://freedomstarblog.wordpress.com on December 10, 2019.