At least 60 people have been killed in Rojehelat protests, while a Iran’s top Sunni cleric calls authorities too violent on protests.
According to Hengaw Human Rights Organization, 60 people, including 11 children and six women, have been killed in demonstrations in East Iran or Rojhelat, four people have died under torture with 4,000 put behind bars. The last protester died under torture was an Iranian Kurd detained in Tehran protests on October 29.
Fifteen Iranian security officers have been killed in the unrest, and 38 cities and 10 universities of Rojhelat have joined the demonstrations, per reports from Iranian human rights groups.
Molavi Abdulhamid Ismaeelza, a top Iranian Sunni cleric and a preacher in Zahedan, the capital of the restive Sistan and Baluchestan province, said "security forces were using excessive violence against protesters, killing 16 people and injuring dozens in Khash on Friday alone. In his Friday Prayers sermon on November 4 in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan, Ismaeelzah asked the Qom seminary and the country's authorities to listen to the voices of the people who have been protesting for the past 50 days.
The cleric, regarded as a spiritual leader for Iran’s Sunni Muslim population, is the director of main Sunni seminary in Iran. He is a vocal critic of the Iranian government and has been under pressure for his comments against the Islamic republic.