Khamenei sends a stern warning to protesters that he has given his full backing to security forces to stop the protests, which have continued for nearly 3 weeks, “using any means necessary.” Dozens of protesters have already been murdered in Iran.
Protests in Iran have escalated in the days since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died just three days after she was arrested and beaten to death by Iran’s so-called “morality police” for not wearing hijab properly. Iran’s leadership has responded to the protests with force.
According to Amnesty International, hundreds have been arrested and at least 130 have been killed, including four children. The government has blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp to try and curb organizing efforts by protesters. The face of Mahsa Amini has become the symbol for a new wave of anti-government protests that are also fueled by social, political, and economic grievances, according to Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi.
CASE IN POINT: The Iranian regime kidnapped, tortured, raped and killed Nika Shakarimi for protesting the death of Mahsa Amini just days before Nika’s 17th birthday.
Gateway Pundit (h/t Nita) “Her lifeless body was forcibly buried by the security forces and her family members reportedly have been arrested. Her family were prohibited from taking their daughter’s body for forensic investigations, the family is currently under heavy pressure by the regime’s forces,” wrote opposition account “Rich Kids of Tehran.”
Opposition leader Masih Alinejad wrote that “#NikaShakarami 17, vanished during the protest. After a week, security forces delivered her dead body with her nose fully smashed & her skull broken from multiple blows.”
“On the evening of Sept 20, Nika called a friend on her way home & said she had joined the protests & burned her scarf. She never made it home. Her phone was turned off & her WhatsApp, Telegram & Instagram accounts were deactivated. She was missing for 10 days.”
“Her family visited Kahrizak prison, where she was held, three times without finding her. They put up a missing ad. On Sep 30, her body was handed over to her family with a smashed nose and broken skull. She was identified by a birthmark.”