Iran disputes Amnesty report on 106 killed during anti-govt protests

Days of protests over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across Iran, Amnesty International said Tuesday, adding that the real figure may be much higher, SIA reports referring to TRT world.

Iran’s government has not released a toll of those arrested or injured in the protests that began Friday and spread quickly across at least 100 cities and towns. But it disputed Amnesty’s report through its mission to the United Nations, calling it “baseless allegations and fabricated figures.”

It claimed only five protesters had died.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said late Tuesday that the enemy had been "repelled" in Iran, where violent demonstrations over a petrol price hike are thought to have killed dozens.

"We have repelled the enemy in the arena of security warfare... in recent days," Khamenei said in a speech aired on state television, adding that the unrest had not been the result of a popular movement.

However, a UN agency earlier said it feared the unrest may have killed “a significant number of people.” Amnesty cited “credible reports” for its tally and said it “believes that the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed.”

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