Activists: Iranian forces unleash heavy fire on protesters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Activists say Iranian security forces have used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country’s west. They say at least five people were killed during an anti-government protest on Monday that erupted at the funeral of two people killed the day before. Videos circulating online show dozens of protesters taking shelter in alleyways as heavy gunfire echoes through the streets. Some show individuals lying motionless and bloodied on the pavement, while others show residents gathering at a local hospital to donate blood. Iran has been convulsed by anti-government protests since the death in September of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in the custody of the country’s morality police in the capital, Tehran.