According to human rights activists, at least 527 people have been killed in Iran since the system-critical protests began more than four months ago. Among them were 71 minors and 70 members of the police and other security agencies, according to a report by the US-based organization Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
A total of almost 20,000 people were arrested. More than a hundred of them face a death sentence. Several demonstrators have already been executed.
The protests in the Islamic Republic began in mid-September. The trigger was the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini. The moral police had arrested her because she allegedly did not comply with the mandatory rules for wearing a headscarf. The woman died in police custody on September 16. Since then there have been demonstrations against the government's repressive course and the Islamic system of rule.
According to the report, there were protests in more than 160 cities beyond the capital Tehran. The Iranian government or the authorities have not yet provided any information on the total number of deaths and arrests. According to the latest statistics, Iran has around 88 million inhabitants.