Iranian Twitter users spoke out yesterday, on the first day of the Persian month of Aban, to commemorate 1500 slain protesters and those arrested during November 2019 protests when gasoline prices tripled overnight. Since last year, the protests have become known as “the Aban protests” in Iran.

The hashtags #آبان# آبان‌ـ‌خونین and #آبان‌ـ‌ادامه‌ـ‌دارد meaning “bloody Aban” and “Aban will go on” were used to post images of protesters injured and killed in last year’s protests and demand accountably for the regime.

Iranians also said they would “never forget or forgive” the regime for the brutal crackdown and called for more protests.

1500 slain protesters

The Paris based NCRI, an umbrella bloc of opposition groups in exile that seek an end to Iran’s clerical rule, said in a December 15, 2019 report that over 1500 men, women and children were killed during the protests.

Later, in a December 23 report, Reuters said Iranian interior ministry officials also stated that 1500 protesters were killed during the three to four days of protests across the country. According to the report, Khamenei gathered his top security and government officials together, and issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them.

Iranian officials denied Reuters’ death toll and after seven months, implied that about 200 to 225 people were killed.

Amnesty International said in March that 23 children were among those gunned down on the streets in November 2019.

Almost a year after the bloody November 2019 protests, many protesters are still detained with heavy prison terms. Two protesters were hanged while at least eight have been sentenced to death.

Source » irannewswire