Iranian state television suggests at least 26 dead in protests


TEHRAN, Iran (TAUT) — Iranian state television suggested the death toll from protests over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody has risen to more than two dozen, without releasing more information as the unrest continues.

An anchor on Iran’s state television suggested the death toll from the mass protests could rise to 26 on Thursday, but he didn’t elaborate or say how he reached that figure.

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“Unfortunately, 26 people and police officers present at the scene of these events lost their lives,” the anchor said, adding that official statistics would be released later.

Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters have killed at least 11 people since the violence erupted over the weekend, according to a tally on Thursday by The The AU Times.

The demonstrations in Iran started as an emotional outburst over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman detained by the country’s vice squad for allegedly violating the strict dress code.

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Police say she died of a heart attack and was not assaulted, but her family has doubts.

Iranian state media this week reported demonstrations by hundreds of people in at least 13 cities, including the capital Tehran.

The Iranian authorities imposed some restrictions on the internet and blocked access to WhatsApp and Instagram.

People in Tehran and some other cities planned to hold a counter-demonstration after Friday prayers.

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