Iranian protesters chant anti-regime slogans at the boy’s funeral | Iran

Protesters at the funeral of a young boy Whose family says he was killed by Iranian security forces They chanted anti-regime slogans and mocked the official version of his death.

Hundreds of mourners flocked to the city of Izes in the southwest Iran At Kian Pervalak’s funeral, according to a video posted online.

Kian was shot by security forces on Wednesday, his mother said at the funeral, although Iranian officials insisted he was killed in a “terrorist” attack carried out by an extremist group.

his mother told mourners, according to a video she posted 1500 An active account on Twitter. “Maybe they thought we wanted to shoot or something and peppered the car with bullets… Plainclothes forces shot my child. That is it.”

And mocking the official version of events, the demonstrators chanted: “Basij, Sepah – you are our ISIS!” According to a video released by the Norway-based Iranian Human Rights Organization. The Basij is a pro-government paramilitary force and Sepah is another name for Iran’s feared Revolutionary Guards. ISIS is an alternative name for the extremist Islamic State.

“Death to Khamenei,” they shouted in another video posted by 1500tasvir, referring to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Activists put Omar Kayan to death when he died at the age of nine or ten.

Opposition media based outside Iran said another child, 14-year-old Sepehr Maqsudi, was shot dead in similar circumstances in Izeh on Wednesday.

Funerals have repeatedly become flashpoints for protests in the movement that began after the Sept. 16 death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Tehran’s morality police.

Iranian state television reported that seven people were buried, including a nine-year-old boy, saying they were killed by “terrorists” on motorbikes.

Iranian mourners at a funeral in the city of Izeh, Khuzestan Province
Iranian mourners at a funeral in Izeh city, Khuzestan province, Friday. State television said seven people were killed by “terrorists” on motorbikes. Photo: Alireza Mohammadi/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images

The Fars news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, quoted the governor of Khuzestan, Sadeq Khalilian, as saying that “foreign elements” were responsible.

“Kian Bervalk, nine, and Safir Maqsudi, 14, are among at least 56 children killed by Iranian forces working to crush Iran’s 2022 revolution,” said Hadi Ghaemi, director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.

The Human Rights Commission said there were anti-regime chants at the funeral in the northern city of Tabriz for a young medical student, Elar Haji, who activists said was killed in a fall from a building blamed on security forces.

In a separate development, videos circulated on social media showing the ancestral home of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which activists said had been burned by protesters.

Reuters verified the location of two videos using the distinctive arches and buildings that match the file images. However, the semi-official Tasnim news agency denied that Khomeini’s house was set on fire, saying that a small number of people had gathered outside the house.

Videos on social media show dozens of people cheering as a flash of fire ripped through a building. Reuters could not independently verify the dates the videos were filmed. Tasfir said that the accident occurred on Thursday evening in the town of Khomeini, Khomeini’s birthplace, south of the capital, Tehran. The house has been turned into a museum.

“The report is a lie. The doors of the house of the late founder of the Great Revolution are open to the public,” Tasnim news agency said.

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