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Editorial: Will Iran regime co-operate, or just cover up?

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Back on Nov. 21 of last year, the government of Iran decided to increase the price of gasoline. The reaction from a populace already stretched to the breaking point by America-imposed economic sanctions was swift and ultimately deadly.

Thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of major cities. The government responded by firing on protesters, real bullets, intended to kill. Machine gunners perched on roofs fired into crowds. Tehran also did its best to shut down social media to avoid scrutiny, but was not entirely successful.

Hundreds, possibly more than a thousand, died. Human rights groups say the final death toll was around 400. Some sources say it was much higher, as high as 1,500, but verification was stymied by the government hiding the bodies. About 7,000 protesters were arrested.

For its part, the government would only acknowledge a handful of deaths and some arrests. The rest, Tehran........

© Peterborough Examiner