Iranian security forces shoot and kill demonstrators, as mass protests by workers, students and young people continue

Iranian security forces have shot dead at least two protesters, as demonstrations sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death swelled on the anniversary of a bloody 2019 crackdown. The protesters were responding to a call to commemorate those slain in the 2019 crackdown, giving new momentum to the demonstrations sparked by the death of 22-year-old Amini in mid-September this year, after her arrest for allegedly flouting Iran’s strict dress code for women.

In Tehran, the din of honking car horns reverberated as protesters blocked a main roundabout at Sanat Square and yelled “Freedom, freedom”, according to verified footage. People later poured on to the streets of other cities, including Bandar Abbas and Shiraz, where women were seen waving their headscarves above their heads.

As darkness fell, more people emerged on to the streets of the capital, some of them gathering around bonfires and chanting “Death to the dictator”, according to the 1500tasvir social media monitor. “The government forces have directly opened fire in most of the cities where uprisings have taken place, such as Sanandaj, Kamyaran and Kermanshah,” Hengaw, a rights group based in Norway, told AFP….