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The Islamic Republic's Violent Crackdown on Protests: A Visual Record

September 25, 2022
IranWire
1 min read
Dozens of people have been killed by security forces since protests broke out in Iran over a week ago
Dozens of people have been killed by security forces since protests broke out in Iran over a week ago

Mass protests in Iran over the murder of Mahsa Amini, and unprecedented opposition to forced hijab and the Islamic Republic in general, have faced violent attempts at suppression by armed agents of the regime.  

From 1999 onward this has been a feature of any pro-democracy rallies in the country. People have always reported being directly shot at, which the state has persistently denied. Now, however, with the extensive use of smartphone cameras at the latest protests, the denials no longer hold.  

This report is a collection of videos that show the lethal force and weaponry used by police and security forces in Iran in the past week. We will add to it as events on the ground progress.  

At the time of writing, Iranian human rights organizations count at least 70 people who have been killed since protests over Mahsa’s death began last Friday. IranWire is continuing its efforts to identify all the victims. If you have any information please email [email protected].

Viewers should note that these videos show images of violence against individuals and other disturbing images.

An old man protesting against the behavior of police officers is attacked. One officer kicks him in the belly.

Date: September 21. Place: Kish Island. Agency Involved: Riot Police 

Police officers show no mercy even to people simply walking or sitting in the park.

Date: September 20. Place: Tehran’s Laleh Park. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Police use violence against an elderly person, throwing him to the ground.

Date: September 20. Place: Tabriz. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Mashhad police beat women in hijab

Date: September 20. Place: Mashhad. Agency Involved: Anti-Riot Police.

Police agents in black masks shoot directly at people

Date: September 21. Place: Mehr Shahr, Karaj. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Police officers shoot directly at people, after the interior minister claimed in a TV interview that “our officers don’t even carry batons”

Date: September 19. Place: Divandarreh, Kurdistan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Police shoot directly at people. Earlier, a video had been posted that showed an officer trying to attack protesters with a stun gun. When it failed the protesters attacked him. This video that shows that altercation, and other officers directly shooting at the people multiple times.

Date: September 20. Place: Rasht, Gilan. Agency Involved: Police.

The police beat protesters.

Date: September 19. Place: Tehran. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

A young protester is violently arrested by police. After this video was posted, all members of his family were arrested as well and forced to confess. Police claimed he had a criminal record.

Date: September 19. Place: Yazd. Agency Involved: Police.

Protesters are teargassed in Tehran’s Palestine Square. There are reports that police used gases that induced suffocation and knockd protesters unconscious.

Date: September 20. Place: Tehran. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Protesters are beaten, arrested and bundled into a van.

Date: September 20. Place: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan. Agency Involved: Police.

Police beats and arrests people. Plainclothes agents push the women and drag them on the ground.

Date: September 20. Place: Hamedan. Agency Involved: Police.

The police shoots at the people at close range.

Date: September 21. Place: Sardasht, West Azerbaijan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Police shoot and injure protesters.

Date: September 21. Place: Shushtar, Khuzestan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Police open fire on protestors, injuring them.

Date: September 21. Place: Kish Island, Hormozgan. Agency Involved: Riot Police. 

Plainclothes agents brutally drag a young protester across the ground as they resist arrest.

Date: September 21. Place: Ilam. Agency Involved: Police plainclothes agents.

The police shoot at people with paintball guns to mark them for arrest.

Date: September 21. Place: Tehran. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

The police beat men and women and throw them to the ground.

Date: September 21. Place: Bandar Anzali, Gilan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

A young man enters the metro station. An armed plainclothes agent tells people “Get lost!” The young man turns and says, “You get lost!” prompting the agent to open fire at the young man.

Date: September 21. Place: Tehran. Agency Involved: Plainclothes intelligence agents.

Riot police beat shoppers – not protestors – on the street.

Date and place: Unknown. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Riot police beat a woman who stood up to a line of officers.

Date: September 21. Place: Tabriz. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Paramilitary Basij forces open fire on protestors and then gather the used shell casings.

Date: September 21. Place: Hamedan. Agency Involved: Paramilitary Basij security forces.

Police officers open fire on protesters.

Date: September 22. Place: Tehran. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Riot police follow terrorized protesters seeking shelter in people's homes – and damage the properties in the process.

Date: September 22. Place: Bandar Anzali, Gilan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Viewer warning: besides videos of extreme violence against protesters, there are also videos of protester who have been shot dead by the police or have been severely injured.

A protester is injured after being fired on by police.

Date: September 19. Place: Divandarreh, Kurdistan. Agency Involved: Unknown.

An elderly woman is shot by security agents.

Date: September 19. Place: Mashhad, West Azerbaijan. Agency Involved: Unknown.

A young man is shot dead by the police.

Date: September 21. Place: West Azerbaijan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Police forces have shot directly at protesters.

Date: September 17. Place: Saghez, Kurdistan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

A young man shot dead by the police.

Date: September 21. Place: Kermanshah. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

Another young man shot dead by the police.

Date: September 21. Place: Kermanshah. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

A man shot by police is left in critical condition.

Date: September 20. Place: Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

A 16-year-old teenager is shot dead by the police.

Date: September 21. Place: Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

A man is shot dead by the police.

Date: September 21. Place: Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan. Agency Involved: Riot Police.

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