Indonesian citizens advised not to take part in Iran protests

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Indonesian citizens advised not to take part in Iran protests
Large demonstrations broke out in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini. (Source: Twitter @CharlizeAfrica)

Clashes between protesters and Iranian riot police and security forces continue have taken place in Tehran, Tabriz, Karaj, Qom, Yazd and in many other cities.

Amini’s death has sparked the first major wave of opposition on Iran’s streets since authorities crushed protests against a rise in the price of gasoline in 2019. Death toll has risen as security forces used tear gas, batons – and in some cases even live ammunition – to disperse protesters state-backed media labelled as “hypocrites, rioters, thugs and provocateurs.”

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Rights group Amnesty International revealed that on September 30 Iranian security forces responded to the protesters using live ammunition, metal pellets and teargas rifles, killing at least 66 people, including children.

Videos circulating on social media showed crowds chanting “Women, Life, Freedom” and women burning their headscarves. (rr)