Iranian citizens have been protesting for weeks – an outpouring of anger triggered by the death of Zhina (Mahsa) Amini, a 22-year old who had been detained by Iran’s morality police, the ‘Guidance Patrol’. Media and other public reports indicate a great many protestors have been killed and injured. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) there has been "excessive and lethal" use of force by Iranian authorities during the protests.

Disturbingly, there are reports that injured protestors have been taken from hospital, detained by state agents. Many injured protestors now fear to seek medical treatment.

In addition, there are widespread reports that ambulances have been used by security forces to transport injured or captured protesters to police stations and prisons. This has apparently had the result that many Iranian drivers have stopped clearing the way for ambulances as they have become a symbol of repression.