Activists called for demonstrations on Tuesday November 15 in Iran to mark the 3rd anniversary of a protest against rising fuel prices in which dozens of people were killed.
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The call comes as Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who was arrested three days earlier by morality police who accused her of breaking the code. Islamic Republic’s strict dress code imposing the wearing of the veil in public for women.
“Let’s get together on November 15 and invade the highways of Tehran. The streets are ours,” reads a message shared on Twitter by Iranian human rights activist Negin Shiraghaei.
The call was also shared by other activists in several cities in Iran – Ahvaz (southwest), Babol (north), Isfahan (center), Mashhad (northeast) and Tabriz (northwest).
More than 300 dead
On November 15, 2019, demonstrations erupted in several cities a few hours after the announcement of a reform of the gasoline subsidy method, supposed to benefit the least privileged households, but accompanied by a very sharp increase in the price of gasoline. prices at the pump, in the midst of an economic crisis.
According to Amnesty International, more than 300 people were killed in three days in the repression of these demonstrations, figures rejected by Tehran. At least 7,000 people have been arrested, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Protests against the death of Mahsa Amini continue in Iran despite the authorities’ crackdown which has killed more than 203 people since September 16, according to a report by Iran Human Rights (IHR), an NGO based in Oslo.
At least 123 other people were killed in the province of Sistan-Balochistan (southeast) in separate demonstrations, according to the IHR. Among the victims, more than 90 perished on September 30 in Zahedan, capital of the province, in the repression of protests against the rape of a teenager attributed to a police officer.