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World Iran rejects as 'lies' unrest death tolls given abroad

11:00  03 december  2019
11:00  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Iran is experiencing its deadliest political unrest since the Islamic Revolution 40 years ago, with at least 180 people killed — and possibly hundreds more — as angry The authorities have declined to specify casualties and arrests and have denounced unofficial figures on the national death toll as speculative.

Iran on Saturday dismissed death tolls issued abroad for violence that erupted during protests in the The unrest broke out on November 15, hours after it was announced that the price of gas would rise to Iran ’s economy has been badly affected since last year, when US President Donald Trump

Iran's judiciary on Tuesday rejected as "utter lies" unofficial casualty figures given for street violence that erupted last month during demonstrations against fuel price hikes.

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"I explicitly announce that the numbers and figures that are being given by hostile groups are utter lies and the statistics have serious differences with what they announced," judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said.

"They announced some numbers as well as some names... Their claimed numbers are shear lies and fabricated," he said, in remarks aired on state television.

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Iran has not yet released any nationwide figures over the widespread unrest , but confirmed five deaths . The state rejected Amnesty's previous numbers. The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, did not offer a new official death toll when asked at a news conference broadcast on Sunday.

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"The names they have given are also lies," Esmaili said, adding that they included people who were still alive and others who passed away normally.

Protests erupted in Iran on November 15 after the shock announcement of a fuel price hike of up to 200 percent.

They were quickly quashed by authorities who also imposed a week-long near-total internet blackout.

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The authorities have not yet given any overall death toll for the unrest.

But London-based human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that at least 208 people were killed in the crackdown.

"The number of people believed to have been killed during demonstrations in Iran that broke out on 15 November has risen to at least 208, based on credible reports received by the organisation," it said.

Amnesty, whose previous death toll was 161, added that the actual number of people killed was likely to have been higher.

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