JEDDAH: Nearly 100 protesters were killed in a crackdown three weeks ago in a city in southeastern Iran on Friday.
Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Balochistan province, chanting “Death to Dictator Khamenei” and “Unity, Unite.”
The slogan was the same one chanted during nationwide protests against Martha Amini, an Iranian woman of Kurdish origin who died in custody on September 16. Amini, 22, had been arrested by her deputy squad in Tehran on suspicion of violating Iran’s strict dress code for women.
Two weeks later, in an event dubbed ‘Bloody Friday’, security forces killed at least 93 of her in Zahedan in protest against the rape of a girl by a police commander.
Activist news agency HRANA said 244 of his protesters, including 32 children, had died in his more than month-long unrest. More than 12,500 people were arrested during protests in 114 cities and about 81 universities, it said.
Iranian teachers have called for a two-day strike starting Sunday over deadly attacks on schoolchildren in a crackdown on protests.
Following the international outcry over Iran’s brutal crackdown on protesters, leading clerics called on the Tehran government to crack down further.