A 15-year-old boy said to have been beaten into a coma by Iranian security forces has died, it has emerged.
Mehdi Kabuli died on 22nd November without ever having come round from his coma in the city of Gorgan, Golestan Province, northern Iran.
The teenage shoemaker was reportedly taken to hospital unconscious on 16th November, after being beaten around the head by police amid ongoing protests gripping the country.
Independent Iranian media have said that his family were pressured by the government to have a discreet funeral.
Iranian forces have been cracking down on waves of civil disorder following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, from Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, who was on a visit to Tehran when she was arrested by morality police, accused of violating hijab rules on 13th September.
She was allegedly beaten while in custody and spent the following days in a coma in the hospital before succumbing in the ICU on 16th September.
The clinic where she was treated said in a now-deleted social media post that she had been admitted brain-dead.
Alleged medical scans of her skull leaked by hackers showed that she had suffered bone fractures, haemorrhages, and brain oedema.
Independent Iranian media have claimed that Mahsa’s medical records showing her history of heart disease were faked by the Iranian government.
Numbers differ regarding how many people have been killed since the protests began.
The ongoing protests in Iran have killed at least 419 people, including 51 children, and injured at least 1,160, according to independent estimates.
It is also understood that more than 17,500 people have been arrested so far.