“There is no going back”: 500 dead in the longest protests in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution

  • Parham Ghobadi
  • BBC Persian Service

Protesters in Tehran (01/10/22)

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The protests began in the Kurdish region of Iran and spread across the country.

One hundred days after it began, the longest protests in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution have hit the regime, but at a very high cost of life.

More than 500 protesters, including 69 minors, have died during these mobilizations, according to the Human Rights Activists agency, HRANA (for its acronym in English).

To this figure are added two people who were executed by the government and at least another 26 could suffer the same fate, in what the entity Amnesty International has called “false trials”.

Although nationwide mobilizations have already occurred in Iran on previous occasions – one in 2017 that lasted until early 2018 and another in November 2019 – the current protests are unique because they involve people from all walks of life and it is women who have taken the leadership under the slogan “Woman, life, freedom”.

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