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Escape from Iran: Protesters regroup in Iraq after perilous journey

By Martin Chulov and Nechirvan Mando

19 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Iran's anti-government demonstrators are fleeing to neighboring Iraq, in order to escape severe punishment. The Guardian reports on the treacherous journey that some protestors have been taking.

In late October, Paiman, an Iranian protester from the restive city of Mahabad, lay in a hospital ward, guarded by regime officials who had gunned him down during anti-government demonstrations.

Buckshot from a shotgun blast riddled his legs and torso, and blows to his head with wooden clubs had left him dazed and in agony.

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