Amnesty: At least 106 killed in Iran protests

Times Standard (Eureka) - - WEATHER -

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMI­RATES >> Days of protests in Iran over ris­ing fuel prices and a sub­se­quent gov­ern­ment crack­down have killed at least 106 peo­ple across the Is­lamic Repub­lic, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said Tues­day, cit­ing “cred­i­ble re­ports.”

Iran’s gov­ern­ment, which has not made na­tion­wide num­bers avail­able for the toll of the un­rest that be­gan Fri­day, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to the re­port. A re­quest for com­ment to its mission at the United Na­tions was not im­me­di­ately ac­knowl­edged.

The Amnesty re­port comes af­ter a U.N. agency ear­lier said it feared the un­rest may have killed “a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple.” Amnesty added that it “be­lieves that the real death toll may be much higher, with some re­ports sug­gest­ing as many as 200 have been killed.”

Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties have not of­fered a de­fin­i­tive ac­count of how many peo­ple have been ar­rested, in­jured or killed in the protests that spread quickly across at least 100 cities and towns. Au­thor­i­ties shut down in­ter­net ac­cess to the out­side world Satur­day, an out­age that per­sisted Mon­day in the na­tion of 80 mil­lion. That has left only state me­dia and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to tell their story.

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