DAILY DEATHS This image grab from a user-generated content video posted on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 allegedly shows Iranian security forces shooting at protesters on a street in Iranshahr, in the border province of Sistan-Baluchistan. AFP PHOTO
Funerals for young Iranians, including a small boy, whose families say they were killed in a state crackdown, sparked a new wave of anti-regime protests on Friday in the Islamic republic.
Iran’s clerical leadership under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is facing its biggest challenge since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in two months of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.
The authorities have responded with a crackdown that a human rights group says has left 342 people dead, half a dozen already sentenced to death and thousands more arrested.
Scores flocked to the southwestern city of Izeh for the funeral of Kian Pirfalak, aged nine, according to pictures published by Tehran’s Iranian Students News Agency.
His mother told the funeral ceremony that Kian was shot on Wednesday by security forces, although Iranian officials have insisted he was killed in a “terrorist” attack.
“Hear it from me myself on how the shooting happened, so they can’t say it was by terrorists, because they’re lying,” his mother told the funeral according to a video posted by the 1500tasvir monitor.
“Maybe they thought we wanted to shoot or something and they peppered the car with bullets…. Plainclothes forces shot my child. That is it.”
Ridiculing the official version of events, the protesters chanted: “Basij, Sepah — you are our ISIS!” according to a video posted by Norway-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR).
The Basij is a pro-government paramilitary force and Sepah is another name for Iran’s feared Revolutionary Guards. ISIS is an alternative name for the extremist Islamic State group.
“Death to Khamenei,” they shouted in another video posted by 1500tasvir.
Opposition media based outside Iran said another minor, Sepehr Maghsoudi, 14, was also shot dead in similar circumstances in Izeh on Wednesday. Funerals have repeatedly become flashpoints for protests.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter