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Protest claims 36 people live in Iran over death of woman in police custody for morality – Abb Takk News

Iran’s military warned on Friday that it would “confront the enemies” to ensure security and peace in the country, according to a statement, as protests raged over the death of a woman in moral police custody.

Iranians staged nationwide demonstrations over the case of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died last week after being arrested for wearing “inappropriate clothing”.

The army said “these desperate actions are part of the enemy’s evil strategy to weaken the Islamic regime”.

Pro-government protests were planned for Friday, Iranian media reported.

Meanwhile, a New York-based human rights group said at least 36 people had been killed in Iran’s crackdown on the protests.

The official death toll rose to at least 17 on Thursday, including five security personnel, but the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran said its sources put the figure much higher.

Unprecedented images show protesters defacing or burning effigies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and late Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani.

In response, security forces fired birdshot and metal pellets into the crowds and used tear gas and water cannons, Amnesty International and other rights groups said.

The demonstrators threw stones at them, set police cars on fire and chanted anti-government slogans, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Protesters in Tehran and other cities set fire to police stations and vehicles as outrage over Amini’s death showed no sign of abating, with reports of attacks on security forces.

Amini’s death reignited anger over issues including restrictions on personal freedoms in Iran – including a strict dress code for women and an economy rocked by sanctions.

Iran’s clerics fear a resumption of the 2019 protests that erupted over rising gasoline prices, the bloodiest in the Islamic republic’s history.

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