List of cases of police brutality in Iran

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This is a list of notable cases of police brutality in Iran.

  • 2009: During the Ashura protests across several cities, security forces opened fire on protestors, even though the Day of Ashura is a Shiite holy day "symbolically about justice" on which any kind of violence is forbidden.[1][2] Security forces initially denied reports of deaths and stated that the police had not been armed; however, state television later acknowledged fatalities.[3][4] An amateur video recorded a security truck deliberately running over protesters,[5] and another shows a plain clothes security force shooting directly at protesters.[6]
  • 2009–10: during the election protests, police and the Basij paramilitary group suppressed not only rioting but also peaceful demonstrating, using batons, pepper spray, sticks and firearms. The Iranian government confirmed the deaths of 36 people during the protests,[7] while unconfirmed reports by supporters of Mousavi allege that there were 72 deaths in the three months following the disputed election.[8][9]


  1. ^ Sciutto, JIM (28 December 2009). "Protester: 'Killing Muslims on Ashura Is Like Crucifying Christians on Christmas.'". ABC NEWS. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Kadivar, Ayatollah Mohsen (28 December 2009). "Iran Ayatollah: 'I Am Convinced that the Regime Will Collapse'". Der Spiegel. 
  3. ^ "Iran protesters killed, including Mousavi's nephew". BBC News. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Iranian official: Arrest anti-government demonstrators". CNN. 28 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Barker, Anne (2 January 2010). "Mousavi prepared to die for his cause". ABC NEWS. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "IRAN: Video shows gunman opening fire on demonstrators, who fight back". Los Angeles Times. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Iran official says 36 killed in post-vote unrest". AFP. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  8. ^ (AFP) – 3 Sep 2009 (3 September 2009). "AFP: Iran opposition says 72 killed in vote protests". Google. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Lake, Eli (25 June 2009). "Iran protesters alter tactics to avoid death". Washington Times. Archived from the original on 23 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.