The crash site of flight PS752 near Tehran on January 8, 2020

Iranian Group Demands Justice For Victims Of 2019 Protests

Friday, 11/17/2023

The families of the victims of Flight PS752 which was shut down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in January 2020 have demanded justice for those killed by security forces in 2019.

On the anniversary of the November 2019 protests, the association expressed their wish for "the presence of independent and impartial trials in Iran to hold accountable those responsible for the bloody November events."

On Thursday, the association, referring to the killings of over 1,500 people during the protests four years ago, said in a statement that they are "in search of truth and justice" for the victims of these protests.

The exact number of casualties from these crackdowns is not clear, but Reuters, citing "three sources close to Iran’s ruler “Ali Khamenei's circle" and a "fourth official," reported that the Supreme Leader had told senior officials, "Do whatever is necessary to stop" the protests, while also stating that at least 1,500 people were killed during the unrest.

In their statement on Thursday, the Flight PS752 Families Association announced that the burial of the victims of these protests was held under "extraordinary conditions and intense security pressure," stating: "The mourning of many families in November turned into a widespread struggle for justice." The association was formed after a civilian airliner was shot down over Tehran killing 176 people onboard.

The association also mentioned in their statement that some families seeking justice for the victims of the November 2019 protests “are still imprisoned for no reason."

Reports indicate that the families of those killed in the November 2019 gathered at the gravesites of the slain protesters in the cities of Karaj, Rasht, Isfahan, Sanandaj, Qazvin, Tabriz, Mahabad, Langroud, Fouman, and other cities in Iran.

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