Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says world 'has to be watching' the violence in Iran

Trump says world 'has to be watching' the violence in Iran

At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during last month's crackdown on protests in Iran that followed fuel-price hikes, Amnesty International said on December 2.

The acknowledgment came in a television package that criticized global Farsi-language channels for their reporting on the crisis, which began on November 15.

Although there are no official figures, Fars news agency said more than 1,000 protesters have been arrested. "Those responsible for this bloody clampdown on demonstrations must be held accountable for their actions", he said.

On Monday night, Iran's state-run IRTV2 channel broadcast a report confirming that there were fatalities during the unrest, but did not give any figures.

"It's something pretty unprecedented event in the history of the human rights violations in the Islamic Republic", Mansoureh Mills, an Iran researcher for Amnesty International, told AP.

"The challenge that the Iranian economy faces is the direct result of the Iranian leadership".

Iran has but to launch any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic starting November 15 with minimal costs for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50 p.c.

Authorities shut down internet access amid the demonstrations, blocking those inside the country from sharing their videos and information, as well as limiting the outside world from knowing the scale of the protests and violence.

"This alarming death toll is further evidence that Iran's security forces went on a horrific killing spree that left at least 208 people dead in less than a week", said Philip Luther, research and advocacy director for the Middle East at Amnesty International, in a statement published alongside the report on Monday. Iran's week-long Internet outage made it even harder to assess the loss of life. More than 50 security bases were also attacked, he added. It said it then crosschecked the information.

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It offered no breakdown for the deaths elsewhere across the country. "It has nothing to do with the sanctions we've put in place", Pompeo said.

"The names they have given are also lies", Esmaili said, adding they included people who were still alive and others who passed away of natural causes. Some families are also being forced to make extortionate payments to have the bodies of their loved ones returned to them.

While not drawing as many Iranians into the streets as those protesting the disputed 2009 presidential election, the gasoline price demonstrations rapidly turned violent faster than any previous rallies.

There are no statistics from the regime about the latest demonstrations but Amnesty International estimates more than 200 people have been killed by the government in a very short period of time.

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The protests stretched across 100 cities and towns in Iran.

Online videos purportedly from the area showed peaceful protests, as well as clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

In another case, the report said security forces confronted a separatist group in the city of Mahshahr armed with "semi-heavy" weapons.

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