Three Kurdish protesters have been killed in northwestern Iran, as security forces clashed with anti-government demonstrators in dozens of cities across the country.
IranWire sources said that Hejar Momkhosravi, Hiva Janan and Arash Mohammadi were fatally shot overnight by security agents in the Kurdish city of Bukan.
Earlier this week, more than 10 people were reportedly killed by government forces during protests in Kurdish cities and towns.
An Iranian police colonel and three members of the Basij paramilitary force were stabbed to death in two separate incidents late on November 17, state media reported, as shopkeepers and businesses were on strike for a third consecutive day.
Iran has been gripped by protests since the September death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in the custody of morality police. The protest movement has grown to become one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s clerical regime since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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.