At least two protesters killed by security forces in Iranian Kurdistan

Two protesters were killed by government forces in Iranian Kurdistan on Tuesday, according to an NGO, as protests were held across the country to commemorate the deadly crackdown on unrest sparked in November 2019 by a fuel price hike.

A protest movement, also repressed, has shaken the Islamic Republic since the death two months ago of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from Iranian Kurdistan arrested for violating a strict dress code which obliges women to wear the Islamic veil in public.

“Government forces opened fire (on demonstrators) in most of the towns where insurgencies took place, such as in Sanandaj, Kamyaran and Kermanshah”, in the north-west of the country, the AFP told AFP. human rights NGO Hengaw, based in Oslo.

“Two people were killed by gunfire from government forces in Sanandaj and Kamyaran,” the NGO added, adding that it was trying to confirm reports of other people’s deaths.

In Tehran, demonstrators blocked a large roundabout, chanting “Freedom, freedom”, according to videos verified by AFP.

As night fell, some gathered around bonfires, chanting “Death to the dictator”, a slogan targeting Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to a video posted by online media 1500tasvir.

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