A fifth member of an Iranian volunteer paramilitary group died on Sunday after clashing with what state media called “protesters and bandits”, while the country’s President Ebrahim Raisi warned that protesters would be dealt with “decisively” after days of national unrest.
The person died from injuries sustained on Thursday in the northwestern city of Urmia, Iran’s state news agency IRNA said. Other members of Basij, a paramilitary organization linked to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), were killed in Qazvin, Tabriz, Mashhad and Qouchan.
The protests were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman detained by moral police on Sept. 13 accused of violating the country’s conservative dress code.
Hundreds of anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Tehran and dozens of other provincial cities on Sunday night, despite claims by state news agencies that pro-government rallies ended the protests.
Protesters organized despite crackdowns by security forces, arrests of protesters and internet disruption. Protesters chanted anti-government and anti-Supreme Leader slogans as well as “death to the dictator” as they expressed their anger at the Basij militias.
Since Friday, demonstrations have taken place in at least 40 cities across the country, including the capital Tehran, with protesters demanding an end to violence and discrimination against women, as well as an end to the mandatory wearing of the hijab.
Source: CNN Brasil