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repression targets Kurdish regions, thirteen dead in 24 hours

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In images shared on social media, a wounded man lies on a street in Javanroud, Iranian Kurdistan, as bullets whistle by. The repression intensified over the weekend and this Monday, November 21 in northwestern Iran, the region populated by Kurds where Mahsa Amini was from. Iranian security forces fired live ammunition at the population, killing 13 people in 24 hours, according to the Norwegian-based Iranian Kurdish rights group Hengaw, which authenticated several videos relayed on the networks. social. Among them, a 16-year-old boy.

The demonstrations had recently intensified in Iranian Kurdistan, in particular on the occasion of the funerals of those killed by the security forces during the rallies (more than 300 throughout the country since September). Tanks and helicopters were then sent by the Ministry of the Interior. “We note the total failure of any repressive approach, since repression – and the deaths it causes – tends to reinforce the number and determination of the demonstrators. People are no longer afraid, analyzes Thierry Coville, researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations and author of “Iran, a power in motion” (Eyrolles Edition, 2022).

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In fact, the funerals of the victims sometimes take on the air of political events, bringing together hundreds of people chanting slogans hostile to power. “Mother, don’t cry, we will take revenge”people sing in Kurdish during a funeral, according to images shared by the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR). “Now one of the protesters’ slogans is to say that a regime that kills its children cannot be trusted,” points out Thierry Coville, who underlines the unprecedented counter-productivity of repression.

“The Enemy Within”

So how can such an intensification of repression in Kurdistan be explained? The regime, of course, might want to make an example of it to discourage protesters across the country. “The authorities also feel that if they lose control of these regions, the consequences would be very serious for the Islamist Republic,” exhibits Thierry Coville.

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Moreover, the Kurds, who are spread over four states, appear to be the perfect scapegoats for a power that insists on saying that the demonstrations would be controlled from abroad. It is also not insignificant that on Monday, Iran bombed Iranian Kurdish opposition groups based in neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan, killing a fighter from these dissident factions accused by Tehran of fueling the demonstrations. But this rhetoric of the “enemy within” is hard to take, explains Thierry Coville, in particular because the region has been a hotbed of protest from the start.

“Faced with a discourse that presents them as secessionists, the Kurdish demonstrators are very careful to highlight the unitary and national side of democratic demands. And the Iranian people are not fooled, they see that the regime is lying. »

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter “greatly concerned that the Iranian authorities are stepping up violence against protesters”. “We continue to hold accountable those involved, and to support the Iranian people”he added.

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