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Amateur video circulating on social media appears to show Iranian police beating a man, running him over with a motorbike and then shooting him.

Police said they would investigate the video posted online on November 1. It is not known when the video was recorded.

Some reports suggest the footage was recorded in the southern Tehran neighborhood of Naziabad, which has been the scene of anti-regime protests sparked by the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained in mid-September by the Iranian police. notorious to the vice squad for “inappropriately wearing” her hijab.

RFE/RL was unable to independently verify the video.

“A special order was immediately issued to investigate the exact time and location of the incident and identify the culprits,” police said in a statement carried by Iranian media.

“Police absolutely do not condone violent and unconventional behavior and will deal with offenders in accordance with the rules,” the statement added.

Video recorded at night in an alley shows a dozen alleged police beating a man lying on the ground. A person recording the scene from a building across the street is heard cursing at the attackers.

“Shit, shit,” a male voice says in the video.

At one point, a man in a police uniform riding a motorcycle appears to run over the man. Shortly after, another man in uniform hits the victim with a truncheon, then another shoots him at point-blank range.

The man first tries to cover his head with his hands. Later, his legs appear to be motionless.

The man recording the scene is heard saying, “He’s dead, he’s dead.”

The video comes amid a brutal state crackdown on nearly seven weeks of anti-establishment protests that erupted after Amini’s September 16 death.

Women took off and burned their hijabs, the compulsory Islamic headscarves, while many protesters called for an end to the Islamic republic. “Woman, Life, Freedom” and “Death to the Dictator” were among the protesters’ main chants.

Authorities claimed that Iran’s enemies were behind the unrest.

More than 250 people have been killed in the crackdown, rights groups say. Several thousand more have been arrested, including many protesters as well as journalists, lawyers, activists, digital rights advocates and others.

Without providing any evidence, Iran’s police chief, General Hossein Ashtari, claimed last month that “counter-revolutionary groups abroad” were wearing police uniforms and firing into crowds. He claimed that some of the alleged fake police officers had been arrested.

Amnesty International said the Twitter that the video was “another horrifying reminder that the cruelty of Iran’s security forces knows no bounds”.

“In the midst of a crisis of impunity, they have carte blanche to brutally strike and shoot protesters,” the London-based rights watchdog added while calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council UN to “urgently investigate the crimes”.

The shocking scenes sparked outrage among Iranians on social media, with many condemning the violence.

“These brutal conditions are a sign that the establishment is on the verge of collapse,” said Abdollah Momeni, a prominent activist and former political prisoner. Twitteradding that the violence reflected the “fear of the people” of the regime.

Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer and co-founder of the rights group Justice for Iran, told RFE/RL that the international community must do more to put pressure on the Islamic Republic to cease its repression against the demonstrators.

“The steps taken by the international community so far have not deterred the Islamic Republic from stopping the bloodshed,” Sadr said.

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