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Protests against Mahsa Amini’s death rage across Iran

Wednesday marked the fifth day of protests in more than 20 major cities of Iran including Tehran regarding Mahsa Amini’s death.

Iranian authorities reported an increase in the number of deaths as protests rage across country.

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According to internet watchdog Net Blocks, the state government has restricted access to social media networks, in response to the protest targeting the government.

Net Blocks said Iran was subject to the most severe internet restrictions since the November 2019 fuel protests.

According to Al Jazeera, the group’s data showed that the internet has been disrupted in different parts of Kurdistan province in western Iran since Monday.

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As per a BBC report, nine people were reported dead including a member of the police and a pro-government militia member. However, activist groups said the death toll was higher.

Reuters reported that seven people were killed by security forces. Meanwhile, officials have rejected claims that security personnel murdered protestors, speculating instead that the victims may have been assailants with guns.

“We are getting warnings from the security organizations to end the protests or face jail,” an activist in the northwestern Kurdistan province said.

The demonstrations broke out over the death of 22 years of Mahsa Amini who was arrested by Iran’s “Morality Police” on the allegations of wearing “unsuitable attire”, and later died in custody.



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