Iran: further protests announced after death of 16-year-old vlogger

Iran: further protests announced after death of 16-year-old vlogger

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Sixteen-year-old Sarina Esmailzadeh was killed when security forces beat her with batons at a protest in Alborz province on 23 September, according to Amnesty International. The popular vlogger joined an anti-government movement following the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini while in morality police custody in Iran. Officials had told Esmailzadeh’s family investigations had concluded her death was a result of suicide. Similarly, Iranian authorities claim 17-year-old Nika Shakarami had also died by suicide, despite evidence to show she was killed by the regime after protesting.

Another teenage girl dead at hands of Iran’s security forces, reports claim

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