Iranian News Outlets Admits Security Forces Have Killed More Than 200 Protesters

Iran’s state television admitted that security forces had killed “rioters” in multiple cities during recent protests over rising gasoline prices. Prices are set by the government. The Iranian news report came a day after Amnesty International said at least 208 people have been killed since protests began in mind-November. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

However, Brian Hook, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, says that more than 1,000 people may have been killed by Iranian security forces. He also said that the dead include 13- and 14-year-old children. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad told Fox News that the movement opposing Iran’s authoritarian regime could bring down the government. Alinejad told Fox’s Martha McCallum that these protests are different because the people “became their own leader.” He also said the reason Iran has blacked out the Internet there is to keep the outside world from hearing protesters’ messages. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Amnesty International claims that Iran is also demanding that the families of protesters killed by security forces pay for the bullets used to kill loved ones. “In some cases, there are shocking reports that, when the authorities have returned victims’ bodies to their families, they have demanded payment citing several reasons, including the cost of the bullet that killed their loved one or compensation for property destroyed during the protests,” Amnesty International said. The group noted, however, that the claims have been denied by an Iranian official. Reported by Fox News. Read more…