Trump says world 'has to be watching' the violence in Iran

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

Amnesty Worldwide stated Monday it believes at the least 208 folks have been killed within the protests and the crackdown that adopted.

Residents put the death toll between 40 and 100, saying the Guards put the dead on the back of a truck and took them away, while relatives took the wounded to a nearby hospital.

The new toll ups the number of deaths according to Amnesty International by nearly 50 as the organisation urges the international community to ensure those responsible are held accountable.

"Those responsible for this bloody clampdown on demonstrations must be held accountable for their actions".

"Iran is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak", Trump told reporters in London ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. They cut off the internet so people can't see what's going on. Iranian leaders have refused to acknowledge those killings ever since.

Iran shut down internet access amid the unrest, blocking those inside the country from sharing their videos and information, as well as limiting the outside world from knowing the scale of the protests and violence.

Iran's United Nations mission in NY called Amnesty's findings "unsubstantiated", without elaborating. Iran's week-long Internet outage made it even harder to assess the loss of life.

The true figures for the number killed are not clear, "I've seen numbers that vary from as few as a hundred to many times more than that, that have been killed by the Iranian Security Forces", Pompeo concluded.

Iran has not yet released any nationwide figures over the widespread unrest, but confirmed five deaths.

In its annual press freedom ranking, the Paris-based Reporters Without Frontiers said Iran dropped six places to 170th out of 180 countries and territories.

"It's something pretty unprecedented event in the history of the human rights violations in the Islamic Republic".

Mansoureh Mills, another Amnesty Iran researcher who spoke to VOA Persian, said it has taken days to verify the deaths of individual protesters, making it likely that the actual number of those killed is significantly higher than what the group has been able to confirm so far. "We try to contact family members if we can, but it's really hard to speak to them, because mobile networks in some regions have not come back online and a lot of people are scared to talk to us".

Amnesty added that, according to collected information, "families of victims have been threatened and warned not to speak to the media, or to hold funeral ceremonies for their loved ones".

"Some families are also being forced to make extortionate payments to have the bodies of their loved ones returned to them", the watchdog said. The report said passersby, security forces and peaceful protesters were also killed, without assigning blame for their deaths.

The organization stressed that Shahriar city of Tehran province is one of the cities with the highest death tolls.

Bolton who is known for his hardline stance on Iran said the "security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters in multiple locations".

Numerous protester then fled to take cover in a nearby marsh, where one of them, armed with a rifle, opened fire on the troops, who responded with machine gun fire, killing dozens, the report said.

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