Iran protests: ‘At least 185 people including 19 children’ killed during unrest

Online videos claim to show minors and pregnant women being beaten by gangs of riot police.

At least 185 people – including 19 children – have been killed in Iran amid protests that have continued for weeks over the death of a young woman in police custody, a human rights group has said.

Mahsa Amini died in hospital on 16 September three days after she was arrested for wearing “inappropriate attire”.

Protests have erupted across Iran, and the world, since her funeral in the Kurdish town of Saqez on the day after her death.

Protests have been taking place around the world since Mahsa Amini died

(Hawar News Agency)

Her family’s lawyer says she was beaten in custody, while a state coroner claimed in a report on Saturday that she died due to pre-existing medical conditions.

Protesters have been calling for the downfall of clerical leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei at rallies that have sparked a violent police crackdown.

“At least 185 people, including at least 19 children, have been killed in the nationwide protests across Iran,” said the Norway-based group Iran Human Rights.

“The highest number of killings occurred in Sistan and Baluchistan province with half the recorded number.”