The parents of a 16-year-old boy, who is believed to have been killed during a protest in Iran, have made a desperate appeal to find out who “put 24 bullets in the stomach”.
In one video, Ali Adinezade, father of Abolfazl Aindezadeh, asks why his son was killed and urges anyone with footage of the incident to send it to him.
Many protests have taken place across the country after the 22-year-old’s death Mahsa Aminiwho died after being detained by the nation’s ethics police for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strictly enforced dress code.
Iranian officials insist she was not mistreated while in custody and say she died of a heart attack.
According to Adinezade, his son was killed near a tunnel while participating in a protest in Mashhad – the second most populous city in Iran.
“I just want to know what crime my child committed that you put 24 bullets in his stomach,” he said in the clip posted on the Telegram messaging app.
“The people there, seem to be going in the direction of the Bahonar tunnel, the Park Roundabout tunnel, there they did this to my son.”
Clutching a photo of Abolfazl and sitting next to his wife, Mr Adinezade added: “I want the killer to be introduced to me and face me. I beg those who have the clip of that scene, please send it to us.”
After noting those who had sent their condolences, he said everyone, especially young people and students, had suffered such “consequences”.
“Everybody mourns for us. I just want to know who the killer is,” he pleaded.
More than 200 people killed, activists claim
Activists claim Iranian security forces have killed more than 200 people and detained thousands in a crackdown on an ongoing wave of protests.
The protests are the most serious in the repressive country since 2019, when dissent erupted over the government’s hike in gasoline prices.
Many Iranians took to the streets in an act of defiance against the Islamic Republic’s strict anti-dissident policy and the increasingly violent treatment of women by the ethical police.
Around the world, unite women cut hair with Iranian women and protests have taken place in several countries.