The state forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have killed at least 25 civilians in public protests in Bukan, Mahabad, Sanandaj, Kamyaran, Piranshahr and Baneh, the cities of Iranian Kurdistan, in the last three days, reports Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).
As the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people against the Islamic Republic of Iran enters its third month, the Iranian military forces continue to violently suppress the protests.
The security forces killed at least 25 Kurdish civilians in the three days from 15 to 18 November, in the cities of Bukan, Mahabad (Mihabad), Sanandaj (Sînê), Kamyaran, Piranshahr and Baneh, during the nationwide protests after the murder of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman Jîna (Mahsa) Amînî on 16 September.
Protestors in the city of Khomein have burned down the childhood home of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the country's current theocracy. The symbolic significance of this move against the most revered figure in the Islamic Republic cannot be overstated.#MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/vmoJfj3NAX
— Siavash Ardalan (@BBCArdalan) November 18, 2022
KHRN also indicated that hundreds of Kurdish civilians have been detained and many have been injured in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Ilam.
The National Telegraph reported that the provinces populated by the Kurdish and Baloch minorities have faced the highest levels of violence at the hands of the Islamic Republic since the start of the uprising, that there was a massive escalation of violence on the night of 19 November, and that it likely that crimes against humanity are being committed.
The burial ceremonies of the victims have been turned into scenes of public protest, and with people chanting, “You are our ISIS”, referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported Deutsche Welle.
The Times of Israel quoted Iran human rights groups as saying that the authorities “cut the electricity and machine gun fire was heard… Unconfirmed reports of protesters being killed or wounded.”
Iranians are contacting me—potential massacre in #Mahabad. Video of women & children screaming, sounds of relentless gunfire & reports of regime shutting electricity. We will hold regime accountable for crimes against humanity! #مهسا_امینی
— Ellie Cohanim (@elliecohanim) November 20, 2022
In the uprising, protesters set alight the house where Ruhollah Khomeini, the first supreme leader of Iran was born, reported the BBC.
Meanwhile, a global rally for Iran took place in over 100 cities around the world on Saturday. These demonstrations came after a three-day general strike, as the protests in Iran are still continuing nationwide after 60 days.
The streets of Mahabad in western Iran are packed with military vehicles, so much so that it seems martial law has been declared, videos obtained by @IranIntl show. pic.twitter.com/sPRt5uUQ2l
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) November 20, 2022