Iranian news website MashreghNews.ir posted a video of a news report about protesters storming police headquarters in Zahedan, Iran on April 28, 2023. According to the reporter, rioters stormed the police station, broke down the main door, and attempted to threaten the armory. The reporter claimed that this was a "red line" for local police, which in turn opened fire at the rioters, but, she stressed, only with the intention to wound them. A man under hospital care told viewers that he was a policeman at the station and that he sustained injuries from an AK-47 rifle shot by the protesters. The report was originally aired on Iran's official broadcaster IRINN TV and is stamped with the logo of IRNA, Iran's official news agency. This video was later removed from both IRNA and MashreghNews.ir website.
Presenter: "The rioters intended to harm police and military locations in the recent riots. Some police personnel were hurt during these events."
Reporter: "Based on the newest footage received from Police Headquarters 16 in Zahedan, a group incited the crowd, created an emotionally charged atmosphere, used human shields, and stormed the boundaries of police headquarters. Some people attacked the police by throwing stones, bricks, and wood, while others used guns to attack the police."
Injured policeman: "I am a policeman. On Friday, I was at the police headquarters, which some people attacked and broke its main entrance. I was sitting across from the door, when I was shot by an AK-47 rifle and fell down."
Reporter: "Police is forced to use tear gas to disperse the crowd."
Crowd: "Allah Akbar!"
Reporter: "But the crowd did not disperse, and some threw tear gas [canisters] back into the police headquarters. Security camera footage shows the rioters breaking the main door of police headquarters. Soon the armory was under threat, and this was a red line for the police force. The police only started shooting in order to maintain its boundaries and to prevent the rioters from disarming them. According to the footage, it is clear that police only fired to wound the rioters."
Crowd: "Allah Akbar!"
Reporter: "This is Asra Saadatian, the Broadcasting Authority in Sistan and Baluchestan."