Trump Administration: Iran Murdered Up To 1,000 Citizens During Protest Crackdown In the city of Mahshahr, one of many places where protesters took to the streets, the government opened fire on the public “without warning,” Hook told reporters. The military proceeded to follow fleeing protesters into a marshland, where they were surrounded by truck-mounted machine guns and were subsequently murdered. “Between the rounds of machine gun fire, the screams of the victims can be heard,” said Hook, who declined to show footage the U.S. government had obtained. The New York Times conducted interviews with some of the residents of Mashahr, with one man describing the stipulations the government had placed on families wanting to see the bodies of their slain relatives: One of the residents, a 24-year-old unemployed college graduate in chemistry who had helped organize the protests blocking the roads, said he had been less than a mile away from the mass shooting and that his best friend, also 24, and a 32-year-old cousin were among the dead. He said they both had been shot in the chest and their bodies were returned to the families five days later, only after they had signed paperwork promising not to hold funerals or memorial services and not to give interviews to media.