An Iranian teenager died after security forces beat her for refusing to sing a pro-regime song during a raid on her school.
“It’s horrifying to think that a government can do this to younger members of its society,” Lisa Daftari, Middle East expert and chief editor of The Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital.
“In the last month, we have seen so many young people take to the streets in peaceful protest, demanding only the most basic freedom,” he continued. “This regime has used every opportunity to use brutal force to round up, torture, rape and kill its youngest citizens.”
The Coordination Council of Teachers’ Unions in Iran published a Telegram message that Asra Panahi, 16, died following the accident involving Shahed high school students in Ardabil on October 13.
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According to Radio Free Europe, city officials took the students from the school and took them to a pro-government demonstration and asked them to sing the anthem, some students refused to sing, resulting in a beating by the forces. safety.
Ten students sustained injuries severe enough to require immediate medical attention, with seven other students sustained injuries. Panahi died in the hospital the next day.
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The news in Persian Manoto reported Panahi’s brother, Mohammad Reza, attempted suicide after the death of his sister. He was rushed to Khomeini hospital for “drug poisoning”, where witnesses said they saw government security officers.
Daftari told Fox News Digital that Panahi’s uncle would go to state TV to say that his niece did not die from a beating but instead of a “congenital heart problem.”
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The government remains keen to show great unity in the face of widespread protests that lasted over a month after the death of another young woman, Mahsa Amini, 22, who allegedly violated the rules of the hijab (veil), which pushed the police of morality to arrest her.
She then went to the hospital, with police saying she had gone into a coma as her family claimed she suffered injuries consistent with a beating. Amini died a few days later.
Officials responded to widespread protests by organizing counter-protests to show support for the regime as the military warned it would face “the enemies” behind the unrest, Reuters reported.
According to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, protests against the regime have spread to over 140 cities, towns and villages in 31 provinces. Over 233 protesters died at the hands of regime forces, with over 5,500 protesters arrested.
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More recently, Central of Iran prison for the detention of political prisoners, Evin Prison, burned down over the weekend as inmates fled and guards fired on them. State media denied any connection between the protests and the fire.
Anders Hagstrom of Fox News contributed to this report.