Iranian forces fire on family of slain protester

Iranian forces fire on family of slain protester


In a hospital in the northwest of the country, members of the Iranian security forces fired on the family of a slain protester, took his body and buried it in a place kept secret, an NGO reported on Saturday.  

“Last night, members of the Revolutionary Guards (the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, editor’s note) attacked the Shahid Gholi Pur hospital in Boukan, took the Shahryar Mohammadi's corpse and buried him in an undisclosed location,” the Iranian Kurdish NGO Hengaw, based in Norway, told AFP.  

” These forces opened fire on his family, injuring at least five of its members,” she added.

Iran is the scene of a protest movement sparked on September 16 by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd arrested by the morality police for having, according to them, violated the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic. 

Denouncing “riots” orchestrated by foreign forces, the authorities launched a deadly crackdown and arrested more than 15,000 protesters according to an NGO, several of them having been sentenced to death. 

< p>In recent weeks, the funerals of demonstrators killed in the repression have often given rise to rallies to denounce the death of Mahsa Amini, and more generally to challenge power. 

In order to prevent this type of demonstrations, the Iranian security forces are now taking the bodies of protesters they have killed to bury them, accuse activists. 

Still in the northwest of the country, the forces security opened fire on protesters in Divandarreh, injuring several people, according to Hengaw. 

At least 342 people were killed in the crackdown on protests, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) based in Oslo: 219 died during the protests related to the death of Mahsa Amini and 123 in Sistan-Balochistan, including more than 90 on September 30 in the provincial capital Zahedan, during protests against the rape of a teenage girl attributed to a police officer.