Gunshots fired at protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran

Iran: Gunshots were fired as Iranian security forces confronted protests on Wednesday over Mahsa Amini’s death, in a crackdown that rights groups say has already cost at least 108 lives with many children among the dead.

The protest was interrupted by gunfire in the cities of Isfahan and Karaj and in Amini’s hometown Saqez, in videos shared by rights organizations.

Protests have swept Iran since September 16, when Amini died after falling into a coma following her arrest in Tehran by the morality police. Activists called for protesters to turn out in solidarity with the people of Sanandaj and the heroic people of Zehdan, a south-eastern city where a demonstration erupted on September 30 over the reported rape of a teenage girl by a police commander.

Since then, young women, university students, and even schoolgirls have taken off their hijabs and faced security forces in the biggest wave of social unrest to grip Iran in almost three years.

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