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Blinken Expresses Concern Over "Intensification of Violence" in Iran Protests

MADRID, 21 Nov.

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Blinken Expresses Concern Over "Intensification of Violence" in Iran Protests


The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, has expressed this Sunday his concern about the "intensification of violence" that is being reported against the demonstrators of the protests in Iran.

"Very concerned by reports that the Iranian authorities are intensifying violence against protesters, particularly in the city of Mahabad," Blinken lamented.

"We continue to seek accountability for those involved, while we support the Iranian people," said the Secretary of State, as indicated in a message posted on his official account on the Twitter social network.

The Iranian Police and security forces responded with great violence to a protest called on Saturday night in the Kurdish city of Mahabad, in the north-west of the country, where riot police have made an appearance in tanks and have been firing indiscriminately at the protesters. , as the DPA agency has learned after collecting witness testimony.

The city has also temporarily lost power as residents evacuated the injured. It is still unknown if there are fatalities.

The Tasnim news agency gave a different account of the situation, saying "armed terrorists" had set fire to private houses and public facilities on Saturday night, sparking panic throughout the city. Several leaders of the suspected terror groups were arrested, according to Tasnim, citing local security authorities.

This Sunday, the Iranian Judiciary has summoned five actresses and other personalities from the public life of the country to ask them for explanations for their support for the protests against the death in custody of the young Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini after being arrested for allegedly carrying wrong put the veil

The actresses, identified as Elnaz Shakerdost, Mitra Hayar, Baran Kaushari, Sima Tirranzah and Hengeme Ghaziani, have been cited for posting unspecified "provocative content".

At least 342 people have died, including at least 43 minors and 26 women, during the wave of repression by the authorities against protesters over the death of Amini, according to the latest balance this week by the NGO Iran Human Rights.