Iranian authorities have ordered an investigation into a video showing officers savagely beating a protester that rights groups said exposed the brutality of the crackdown on demonstrations sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death.
Footage that appeared yesterday on social media, shot at night on a mobile phone purportedly in a district of Tehran, showed a squad of around a dozen policemen in an alley kicking and beating a man with their batons, as other officers on motorbikes looked on.
The man initially tries to cover his head with his hands, before the sound of a gunshot is heard and he is run over by a police motorbike. His motionless body is then abandoned.
“This shocking video sent from Tehran is another horrific reminder that the cruelty of Iran’s security forces knows no bounds,” Amnesty International said, adding that police appeared to have a “free rein” to use violence.
A clear view of the brutal crackdown of anti-regime protests in Iran:
Police forces beat a protestor inside an alley in Tehran, before ramming him/her with a motorcycle and plainclothes shooting the half-dead body… pic.twitter.com/nHDmOBtZQD
— Ali Noorani (@ali_noorani_teh) November 1, 2022
Iran’s police force announce in a statement that an order has been issued to “investigate the exact time and place of the incident and identify the offenders.”
“The police absolutely do not approve of violent and unconventional behaviour and will deal with the offenders according to the rules,” adds the statement published by state news agency IRNA.