At Least 378 killed In Iran Protest Crackdown, Rights Group Says

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At least 378 people, including 47 children and 27 women, have been killed so far by Iranian security forces amid a crackdown on weekslong nationwide protests, a Norway-based human rights group says in an updated toll.

The country has been gripped by anti-government protests sparked by the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police following her arrest for an alleged breach of the country's strict dress code.

The demonstrations demanding more freedoms and women's rights have grown into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Oslo-based Iran Human Rights on November 19 put the death toll of the state crackdown on protests at 378, representing an increase of 36 since the group issued its previous toll three days earlier.