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Iran: Bloody Crackdown on Dissent

Expand Iranian protesters gather around a burning car during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019.  © 2019 AFP/Getty Images (Beirut) – Iranian authorities intensified their crackdown during 2019 against protests across the country, using mass arrests and lethal force, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. The protests were spurred by deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and social freedoms. Iran’s judiciary dramatically increased the cost of peaceful dissent during…

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