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26 Nov 2019 | 03:20 AM UTC

Iran: Violent protests leave 143 dead in nationwide protests November 25 /update 7

Violence persists amid nationwide protests with reports of 143 killed as of November 25; protests expected to continue

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Event

Human rights group Amnesty International estimates that at least 143 demonstrators have been killed across the country in nationwide protests as of Monday, November 25, while estimates of those detained range from 4000 to 7000. The claims state that the killings are almost all due to the use of firearms and the number of deaths is likely to be higher. Sources indicate that the repression has been carried out by a range of Iranian security forces, including the police, Revolutionary Guards, and the Basij.

The figures were released amid a pro-regime mobilization that took place on Monday. Supporters of the regime took Tehran's Enghelab Square, where they held a large rally with pro-regime messages and condemned the protesters. Participants also blamed foreign powers for instigating the nationwide protests facing the nation.

A heightened security presence, continued nationwide protests, and clashes between demonstrators and security forces are likely throughout Iran over the coming several days. Disruptions to transportation and business are to be anticipated in areas affected by demonstrations.

Context

On November 14, the Iranian government announced a fuel price hike that sparked nationwide protests on November 15. Authorities began limiting access to the internet on November 16 but has since been largely restored.

Advice

Individuals in Iran are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.