50 police officers were killed

The deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that around 50 police have been killed in the protests that have been shaking Iran since September.

This is the first official death toll, as the crackdown on Kurdish areas has intensified in recent days. Since Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini’s death in custody on Sept. 16, Iranian security forces and protesters have clashed across the country. The United Nations rights commission reports that more than 300 protesters and 50 police officers were killed have been killed.

As of Thursday, 14,000 people, including children, had been arrested in Iran, making it a “full-fledged human rights crisis,” according to U.N. rights chief Volker Turk. He was speaking in advance of a special session in Geneva where a vote on establishing a fact-finding mission could be held.

In an interview with Indian television, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani stated, “During the protests, approximately 50 police officers were killed and hundreds were injured.”

He said that the Interior Ministry had set up a panel to look into the deaths of protesters, but he did not specify how many protesters had been killed. Last month, Iranian state media reported that 46 security personnel had been killed, but they did not cite any officials.

Protests in Iran quickly spread after Amini’s death, when she was detained by morality police for wearing clothing that violated Iran’s strict Islamic dress code. Women’s rights have been the focus of anger, but protesters have also demanded that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down.
The U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights spokeswoman, Jeremy Laurence, stated on Tuesday that there were reports of more than 40 deaths in Kurdish areas over the past week. Iran’s clerical rulers have recently intensified their crackdown on the Kurdish population.

A member of the parliament from the predominantly Kurdish city of Mahabad claimed that the judiciary had repeatedly summoned him for his support of protesters.

Jalal Mahmoudzadeh posted a tweet on Wednesday that read, “The judiciary has raised a complaint against me as a representative of the mourning people instead of conserving the legal rights of the protesting people and the families of victims in Mahabad and Kurdish cities.”

Molavi Abdulhamid, a well-known Sunni Muslim cleric who has frequently voiced his disapproval of the treatment of Iran’s predominantly Sunni ethnic minorities by the predominantly Shi’ite ruling elite, posted a tweet on Wednesday protesting the crackdown in Kurdish areas.

“The dear Kurds of Iran have endured a number of hardships, including poverty, economic difficulties, severe religious pressure, and severe ethnic discrimination. Is it simply to fire war bullets in response to their protest?”Molavi tweeted.

The Treasury Department announced on Wednesday that the repression in Kurdish-majority areas has resulted in sanctions against three Iranian security officials. Publish by World News Spot


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