(Provides Amnesty Worldwide and UN)
DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Amnesty Worldwide mentioned on Tuesday that greater than 100 protestors had been killed in 21 cities in Iran throughout unrest that broke out over an increase in gas costs final week.
Snipers have shot into crowds of protestors from rooftops and, in a single case, from a helicopter, Amnesty mentioned.
The anti-government protests started on Friday after gas worth rises of not less than 50 p.c had been introduced.
An Iranian official mentioned they’d subsided on Tuesday, a day after the Revolutionary Guards warned of “decisive” motion if they didn’t stop.
The London-based Amnesty Worldwide mentioned that not less than 106 protesters in 21 cities had been killed, in accordance with credible experiences from witnesses, verified movies and data from human rights activists.
“The group believes that the true dying toll could also be a lot greater, with some experiences suggesting as many as 200 have been killed,” Amnesty mentioned in a press release.
The experiences “reveal a harrowing sample of illegal killings by Iranian safety forces, which have used extreme and deadly drive to crush largely peaceable protests,” it mentioned.
Intelligence and safety forces didn’t return the our bodies to their households and compelled others to bury our bodies rapidly with out an unbiased post-mortem, Amnesty mentioned.
Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili instructed a information convention that calm had been restored.
However social media movies posted in defiance of an web block confirmed protests continued in a number of cities on Monday evening and a heavy presence of safety forces in streets. The pictures posted on social media couldn’t be verified by Reuters.
About 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested, authorities mentioned.
Members of the safety forces and police have additionally been killed within the protests. Three had been stabbed to dying close to Tehran, the semi-official ISNA information company reported on Monday.
Tons of of younger and working-class Iranians have expressed their anger at squeezed dwelling requirements, state corruption and a deepening hole between wealthy and poor.
Social media footage has proven protesters burning photos of senior officers and calling on clerical rulers to step down, in addition to clashes between safety forces and protesters.
State tv mentioned funerals can be held for safety guards killed within the protests, including that hundreds of Iranians had rallied in a number of cities to sentence the unrest.
The U.N. human rights workplace mentioned it had acquired experiences that dozens of individuals had been killed. It voiced concern concerning the safety forces’ use of dwell ammunition and urged authorities to rein in its use of drive to disperse protests.
“It’s clearly very vital, a really alarming state of affairs and widespread throughout the nation,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville mentioned in Geneva.
Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday blamed the turmoil on Iran’s overseas foes, together with the USA, and denounced protesters as “thugs”.
On Monday, the highly effective Revolutionary Guards warned of “decisive” motion if the protests went on. The Guards and their affiliated Basij militia quelled unrest in late 2017 by which not less than 22 folks had been killed.
Frustration has grown over a pointy forex devaluation and rises in costs of bread, rice and different staples since Washington started to use stress on Iran to make nuclear and safety concessions.
The federal government mentioned the value rises had been meant to boost round $2.55 billion a yr for further subsidies to 18 million households struggling on low incomes. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Further reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Babak Dehghanpisheh in Geneva; Enhancing by Catherine Evans and Angus MacSwan)