Amnesty International reports that at least 110 people have been killed in 21 cities across Iran during nationwide protests ignited by a sudden hike in fuel prices.
The UK-based human rights organisation added that the actual death toll may be even higher, as unconfirmed reports have put the number as high as 200.
The United Nations also expressed concerns that a “significant” number of people may have been killed in the violent crackdown.
Experts say the numbers make sense, judging by the images that have emerged from the violent crackdown of protests by security forces in multiple cities.
Hosein Ghazian, an Iranian sociologist and pollster based in Washington, said that he trusts Amnesty and expects the death toll to be even higher than what has been reported. “Usually at protests everywhere around the world the actual number of people who get killed is higher than the number that gets verified,” Mr Ghazian said.
Iranian authorities have not yet released a definitive number of people killed or injured in the protests, but some media outlets reported that over 1,000 people have been arrested and over 100 banks have been vandalized.