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Iranian Lawmakers Demand Death Sentences for Anti-Government Protesters

HeadlineNov 07, 2022

In Iran, demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran and poured onto college campuses over the weekend as nationwide anti-government protests entered their seventh straight week despite a violent police crackdown on dissent. Video published on social media shows protesters marching and chanting, “Clerics get lost!” Rights groups say at least 318 protesters and 38 members of Iran’s security forces have been killed during protests that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s so-called morality police. Forty-nine children are among the dead. On Sunday, a large majority of lawmakers in Iran’s parliament co-signed a letter declaring the protesters “enemies of God” and advocating for the death penalty for some of those arrested.

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