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Iran intensifies crackdown on protests amid internet outage  

Videos trickled in of Iranian police opening fire on protesters, who appeared to be standing their ground despite a nationwide internet blackout.  
A picture obtained by AFP outside Iran shows demonstrators gathering around a burning barricade during a protest for Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police", in Tehran on Sept. 19, 2022.

Activists released footage on Sept. 23 of what appeared to be police directly firing at Iranian protesters, who have been expressing rage at the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police.

In one video, police forces were heard from behind a loudspeaker warning protesters that they would fire only seconds before doing so. Iranian authorities have not commented on those reports, but have earlier denied involvement in the killings, blaming the deaths on "infiltrators, saboteurs and terrorists."   

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