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17-Year-Old Kurd Among Latest Victims Of Protest Crackdown

November 17, 2022
Akhtar Safi
1 min read
Danial Pabandi, 17, was shot while he was riding his motorcycle in the Kurdish city of Saqqez.
Danial Pabandi, 17, was shot while he was riding his motorcycle in the Kurdish city of Saqqez.

A 17-year-old Kurdish teenager was shot and killed late on November 16, IranWire reports, as a brutal crackdown by Iranian security forces on protests claimed at least 10 lives in western Kurdish cities and towns over the past 24 hours.

Danial Pabandi, 17, was riding his motorcycle in the Kurdish city of Saqqez when he was shot by “someone inside a private car,” the witness said.

“The child fell to the ground, covered in blood. A car -- it was not clear whether it was from officers or ordinary people -- quickly put him in the car and they drove away,” the witness said.

A crowd has surrounded a local hospital where the young man's body was transferred amid concerns that intelligence agencies might not hand it over to the family.

The violence took place on the second day of a three-day general strike marking the November 2019 nationwide protests in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.

Iran has been gripped by protests since the September death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman from Saqqez, in the custody of morality police. The protest movement has grown to become one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s clerical regime.

The unrest triggered a heavy-handed crackdown by security forces in which more than 340 people were killed, including dozens of children. Thousands of people have also been arrested.

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