The country’s clerical leadership under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is facing its biggest challenge since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, in two months of violent demonstrations following Amini’s death in custody on September 16.
On Saturday, Hengaw, aNorway-based rights group which monitors abuses in Kurdish areas, told AFP that “the government’s repressive forces opened fire on protesters in the town of Divandarreh, killing at least three civilians”.
Protesters have been killed in 22 of Iran’s 31 provinces, IHR said Wednesday, including 123 in Sistan-Baluchistan and 32 in Amini’s home province of Kurdistan.
Activists accuse Iran’s security forces of carrying out secret burials of protesters they have killed, to preventmore violence from flaring at their funerals. Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died three days after her arrest in Tehran by the notorious morality police over an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s mandatory hijab headscarf law.