In an unusual move, authorities are seeking new ways to quell demonstrations in Tehran that have erupted following the death of young Kurdish-born Mahsa Amini under clerical state custody
An officer of the Iranian Mounted Police, in the streets of Tehran
The Iranian regime has deployed the Mounted Police in an attempt to contain more than seven weeks of protestsspurred by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, according to videos posted online.
The clerical statehas been rocked by a protest movement that erupted when Amini, 22, died after her arrest for allegedly violating Iran's strict hijab dress rules for women.
< p class="paragraph">Young women have led the way, removing and burning their veils, chanting anti-regime slogans and confronting security forces in the streets despite a crackdown that has killed dozens.
In an unusual move, authorities deployed a group of police on horseback into the streets of Tehran to quell the demonstrations, according to a video posted on social media and verified by < i>AFP.
The special patrol unit is seen standing in front of a row of Iranian national flags on a main road in the northwestern neighborhood of Sadeghiyeh .
Created in 2013, the mounted division of Iran's police force, known as Asvaran, is made up of Turkmen and Arabian horses, among others.
Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini
The cavalry unit has been seen on the streets of the Iranian capital in the past, mainly during parades, but it is rare to see it deployed during protests.
Amini, an Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16, three days after she was detained by morality police in Tehran, sparking protests across the country.
Iranian authorities have adopted a number of tactics in an attempt to suppress the protests, which officials refer to as “riots.”
Security forces have fired directly at protesters using live ammunition, buckshot, tear gas and even paintballs.
The regime has also imposed Internet restrictions, including blocking access to < b>Instagram and WhatsApp, and has launched a campaign of mass arrests.
The group Iran Human Rights, based in Norway, says security forces have killed at least 186 people in the crackdown on the Amini protests.
At least others 118 people have been killed in separate protests since September 30 inSistan-Baluchistan, a majority Sunni Muslim province on Iran's southeastern border with Pakistan< /b>.
(With information from AFP)