Iran protests continue to clash… 5 killed, including Revolutionary Guard executives in southeast

Protests against hijab continue in major cities… NGO “at least 133 dead”

Amid the spread of protests over the ‘death of hijab’ in Iran, armed clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in the south-eastern region continued for days, resulting in casualties.

According to the state-run IRNA news agency on the 2nd (local time), since the 30th of last month, there have been several clashes between protesters and security forces in Zahedan, the central city of the southeastern province of Sistan-Ba-Baluchistan. and surrounding areas.

According to the IRNA, five members of the elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Basiz militia were killed and 32 injured in the clashes.

Among the dead were Colonel Hamid Reza Hasemi of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence unit and Colonel Ali Musabi, IRNA added.

It is not known how many protesters were killed or injured in the fighting.

Local media reported that protesters had attacked a police station in Zahedan the day before, killing dozens of people in the process.

The Iranian government claims that an anti-terrorist group is leading the protests.

“The riots are led by hired terrorists, who have the best opportunity to endanger the lives and property of the Iranian people,” said Ali Bahadori-Zahromi, a spokesman for the Iranian government.

The anti-government force identified by the Iranian government is the Sunni militant ‘Jaish Allahs’ (Army of Justice).

Baluch and Arab minority groups living in the province of Sistan-Ba-Baluchistan, such as the Kurds, who were the fuse of the protests, have condemned the Iranian government’s discrimination and demanded more autonomy.

As the protests have intensified, the authorities have switched online classes in all universities in Sistan-Ba-Baluchistan province.

In major cities across the country, including the capital, Tehran, anti-government protests sparked by the mysterious death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini continued for more than two weeks.

Iran Human Rights (IHR), a Norwegian human rights group, said 41 people were killed by security forces in the recent bloodshed in Zahedan.

The cumulative death toll from the protests, excluding the Zahedan area, has risen to 92.

More than 2,000 people have been arrested for taking part in the protests.

Amini was arrested on the 13th by the ‘Map Patrol’ (Gashte Ershad) for not wearing the hijab properly in downtown Tehran.

He collapsed suddenly while being questioned by the police station, and was taken to hospital, but died on the 16th.

/happy news

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