Iranian Security Forces Fatally Shoot Kurdish Citizen in Karaj Amid Rising Tensions
Tragic events unfolded in the city of Karaj as Iranian security forces reportedly opened fire on a young Kurdish citizen, Hamid Baqiri, resulting in his untimely death. The fatal incident occurred as Baqiri had invited fellow compatriots to join him in a protest against the government.
Hengaw Organization for Human Rights confirmed that Hamid Baqiri, hailing from the village of Tajar-Akbar Kalhur near Shahabad in Kermanshah province, was shot four times by security forces in Karaj on Wednesday. This heart-wrenching incident has once again highlighted concerns over the use of force against citizens exercising their right to peaceful assembly and expression.
Adding to the distressing circumstances, security forces reportedly removed Hamid Baqiri's body from the scene, exacerbating the anguish of his grieving family. Despite requests from his family members to see his body, authorities have not disclosed the whereabouts of his remains, as reported by the rights group.
The tragedy is set against the backdrop of growing tensions in Iran, marked by heightened government crackdowns on dissent and any attempts to organize public protests. These actions come as the nation approaches the anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died while in police custody in September 2022. Amini's death had ignited nationwide protests, with citizens demanding not only justice for her but also broader economic, social, and political reforms.
As the anniversary of Mahsa Amini's tragic passing draws near, there are increasing concerns about the government's response to potential public demonstrations. Hamid Baqiri's untimely death serves as a somber reminder of the need for a peaceful resolution to address the grievances and demands of Iranian citizens, while respecting their fundamental rights and freedoms.