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The footage Iranian security forces don’t want the world to see

As the gunfire erupts, people hide in alleyways and doorways.

It’s late in the evening in Urmia (a city in western Iran ) and there is a confrontation between antigovernment protesters, Iranian police, and it’s about to get ugly.

A bullet strikes a young boy. He is rescued by his family members in the darkness of the night. His blood is seen pouring onto the streets and he is rushed to hospital.

Doctors try to save him but Abdullah Mohammed Pour, 16, dies from his injuries.

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Image: Abdullah Mohammed Pour

Although the Iranian security forces do not want the world to see this footage, the bravery of an eyewitness made it possible.

Mohammed Ahmadi, an Iranian Kurdish male, gave Sky News the video evidence to show this happening.

His life would have been at risk if he had been caught. The world now knows what’s happening in Iran because he took the risk.

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Image Alistair Bunkall talks with Mohammed Ahmadi


“Batons, tear gas… then shots”

“No one expected Basij [paramilitary force] [to do this], [shoot at protesters] as it wasn’t their job.

“There were special riot officers deployed that evening to stop people protesting. So we were surprised when gunfire was heard from the Basij base. They had everything planned.

“People believed that riot police would use tear gas or batons to end the protest, but they panicked when Basijis began shooting.”

An angry crowd gathered at the mosque the next morning. Abdullah’s body was taken to the cemetery with another man who had also died that night.

Image Indignated mourners pack the streets to attend the funeral of Abdullah Mohammed Pour

Many people came to the cemetery to share their grief with the families. Some of the video clips show them standing in silence while others shout “death, dictator!”

Men mourn and grieve around his grave.

Since September’s death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian Kurdish woman who was , protests have seen more than 200 deaths and many others wounded or detained.

Iran’s morality officers arrested her for wearing her hijab incorrectly and she died in custody. Although she claims she has pre-existing medical conditions, her relatives have previously stated to Sky News that she was tortured.

For the second night, violence continued in Urmia.

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Iranian protesters are seen running from gunfire in more footage

Mohammed relates that “after the burial, people returned home and shops closed that day in protest,”

“At dusk, I saw many young people come out, mostly teens. People were simply walking and there was no protest.

“I heard the first sound of bullets around 7.30pm to 8.pm. When I got out, there was constant gunfire.

“The young people just came and went in the streets. The Basij began firing after it became clear that there was no protest.

“The ambush had scared the Basij base residents. They ran into the alleys to the other side of the street.

Continue reading:

Online evidence shows what’s going on in Iran: Mass protests, government buildings being attacked and attacks


Toenails and fingers pulled out

Mohammed’s friends were taken into custody that night and tortured. They were beaten and one had his finger and toenails removed. They are still in prison.

Three protestors were killed and many others injured in the violent crackdown in Urmia over two days.

Protesters stormed Basij’s police station in retaliation, stealing furniture and setting it on fire.

Mohammed’s smuggled video interview and video of Mohammed shows a 48-hour snapshot from one town during 40 days of nationwide protests.

The Iranian security forces have used violence as a tactic. It’s not working.

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