IRAN IS BURNING Unprecedented protests over the death of a girl are shaking the country, at least 31 people have died, demonstrators are shouting: “DEATH TO THE DICTATOR” (PHOTO, VIDEO)

– The Iranian people took to the streets to fight for their fundamental rights and human dignity, and the authorities responded to those peaceful demonstrations with bullets – announced IHR director Mahmoud Amiri Moghadam after six days of demonstrations.

In Kurdistan, Amini’s home province in the northwest, the provincial police chief said four protesters were killed by anti-government groups.

In Kermanshah, a prosecutor announced that two protesters had been killed by opposition groups, insisting that such ammunition was not used by Iranian security forces.

At the same time, three men linked to the Basij forces, the Revolutionary Guard’s paramilitary wing in charge of internal security and other tasks, were also killed in clashes in the cities of Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad, Iran’s semi-official media reported, bringing the death toll on both sides to nine, according to AP.

Outages of Instagram and WhatsApp, which protesters use to share information about the violent crackdown on protests, continued today, and Iranian authorities are believed to be blocking Internet access to the outside world, a tactic human rights activists say Tehran often uses when riots are happening, according to the American agency.

Twenty-two-year-old Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after witnesses accused police officers of beating her during their arrest, AP reported.

However, police denied reports on social media that Amini had been beaten, saying she fell ill while waiting in line with other detained women, Reuters reported.

She was arrested in Tehran, where she had come to visit relatives, for allegedly disobeying strict rules regarding the wearing of the hijab.

Police said Amini died of a “sudden” heart attack after being taken into custody, and her family and rights groups are demanding an immediate investigation.

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Protest in Iran

Mahsa Amini’s death sparked mass protests in Tehran and other cities, where people chanted “death to the dictator,” referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to the AP.

Iranian state media this week reported demonstrations in at least 13 cities, and videos online showed security forces firing tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters.

Her death provoked strong condemnation from the US, the European Union and the United Nations, according to AP.

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