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Amir Toumaj Nov 19
This is a more brutal and violent response compared to 2017/2018 protests. This is still the confirmed figure, actual figure is higher and will be clear in future. Even in '09 protests, not this many died in such a short time span.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 19
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Amnesty's breakdown of the 106 confirmed deaths: Kermanshah Province: 44. Kermanshah is predominantly Shiite Kurd, though 14 of deaths are from predominantly-Sunni Javanrud city. Khuzestan Province: 35. Deaths from predominantly Arab as well as Lor and mixed areas Kurdistan: 10
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Amir Toumaj Nov 19
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These are not final figures and there's more, but it's clear that a significant amount of violence are in periphery provinces, which tend to experience more impoverishment and discrimination. Kermanshah has generally had it better than predominantly Sunni Kurdistan.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 19
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Majority of Tehran Province deaths are outside the capital, where Islamic Republic has focused on. But in 2017/2018 protests, periphery areas drove protests, which caught Islamic Republic off guard. We don't have final figures to make a conclusion about latest round.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 19
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While Tehran is without a doubt historically important in driving major protests and events, periphery areas have witnessed constant protests and state violence.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 20
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This latest figure from Alborz Province, right outside of Tehran. Systematic violence across the country.
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Amir Toumaj
There's strong indications that these are the bloodiest protests in the Islamic Republic's history.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 22
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60 reported dead from Ahvaz alone.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 25
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Amir Toumaj Nov 25
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The Interior Ministry source said that the IRGC Basij paramilitary Imam Ali Battalions, a unit designed specifically for protest crackdown in urban areas and usually deployed when police is stretched, had full rein during protests.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 25
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That unit is led by Qolam-Hossein Qeibparvar, who was demoted from Basij chief earlier this year after the promotion of Hossein Salami to IRGC chief. They demoted him probably because he neglected military and security preparations in favor of social and cultural activities.
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Amir Toumaj Nov 29
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Amir Toumaj Dec 23
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Reuters citing Interior Min. sources reports 1,500 died during November protests, corroborated by reports of high death counts in specific locals, like 118 in 4 hospitals in Karaj and 148 in Mahshahr. Gov has gone to extreme lengths to silence families...
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Amir Toumaj Dec 23
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...who had lost loved ones, which helps explain why human rights sources have had a difficult time confirming many deaths. Latest figure by int. organizations is about 300.
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Amir Toumaj Dec 23
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Supreme Leader Khamenei told officials to "Do whatever it takes to stop them," acc. to Reuters. Earlier, the governor of Quds County in Tehran Province said that she had told security forces to "open fire" on protesters trying to storm governorship.
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Nicholas Carl Nov 20
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Based on what I've seen, it appears this remains mostly led by the LEF and Basij. Have you seen any signs actual IRGC forces have deployed?
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Amir Toumaj Nov 20
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Not yet. FWIW just posted the audio of an official complaining that the IRGC unit there wasn't deploying in Robat Karim, Tehran Province.
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