Iranian police in just one province have arrested over 700 people during more than a week of protests following the death of a young woman in custody, Tasnim news agency reported Saturday.
General Azizollah Maleki, police chief of Guilan province, announced “the arrest of 739 rioters including 60 women,” the Iranian media outlet said.
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Earlier on Saturday, state media reported that at least 35 have been killed in more than a week of protests that erupted in the country after the death of Mahsa Amini.
“The number of people who died in recent riots in the country has risen to 35 people,” the Borna news agency, which is affiliated to the sports ministry, said late Friday, citing state television.
The official toll had previously stood at 17 dead, including five security personnel.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets of major cities across Iran, including Tehran, for eight straight nights since the death of Amini.
The 22-year-old Kurdish woman was pronounced dead three days after her arrest in the Iranian capital for wearing the hijab headscarf in an “improper” way.
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