DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on protests in Iran (all times local):
Amnesty International, citing “credible reports,” says it believes at least 106 people have been killed during protests in Iran over government-set gasoline prices rising.
Amnesty made the allegation in a report released Tuesday.
Iran’s government, which has not made nationwide numbers available for the toll of the unrest that began Sunday, did not immediately respond to the report.
Amnesty added that it “believes that the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed.”
Iran since has shut down the internet and deployed police and anti-riot forces to quell the unrest. Demonstrations are believed to still be going on in the country.
A hard-line newspaper in Iran is suggesting that those who led violent protests will be executed by hanging as the unrest continues.
An article published Tuesday in the Keyhan newspaper made the claim, though Iranian authorities still have not offered a detailed accounting of the toll of the demonstrations that began Friday over government-set gasoline prices rising.
The newspaper said: “Some reports say that judiciary considers execution by hanging for the riot leaders a definite punishment.”
It did not elaborate.
The protests appeared to be ongoing on Tuesday in some areas of the country, though the streets of Tehran appeared largely calm.
It remains difficult to know the scale of the demonstrations. Iran shut down the internet Saturday, stopping protesters from sharing information and their videos online.
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