CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Iran is Using Non Lethal Riot Police

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By: Dejea Lyons, Pan African News Agency 

Earlier this afternoon, CBS reported that “The United State's 
special representative for Iran, Brian Hook has said that more than 1,000 Iranian citizens may have been killed in recent protests.” The protests ongoing in Iran are due to the increased gas prices, some by 50 percent. The intensity of the protests in Iran are rapidly increasing. However, what is unconfirmed is if there has been lethal force in order to control the protestors. 

The Iranian cabinet would disagree that any force is being used. In fact, at today’s press conference, the Iranian representative commended the Chief Commander of Law Enforcement for using “non lethal riot police” during the current protests. The representative continued by saying “We fear for the hurt people.” The representative claims that the committee “is not concerned about the expenses from damages that may be caused by the protests,” but instead are not concerned about the well being of their people. 

Today, CBS reported that over 1,000 Iranians were killed in the current protests. CBS reported that there is “verified video footage indicating severe violence used against protesters.” The footage included, “security forces shooting from the roof of a justice department building in one city and from helicopters in another,” CBS quoted Michele Bachlet (the U.N. High Commissioner).