| 30.09,22. 04:54 AM |
Iran Uprising at a Glance
Partially based on reporting by MEK network in Iran
Wednesday, September 28, 9 PM CET
· Days: 13th day
· Protests: 162 cities
· Casualties: 240 estimated deaths, 59 have been identified
· Detentions: 12,000 (regime official figure is 4,268 in 9 of the 31 provinces)
Amid a continuing Internet blackout in Iran there were reports of many university demonstrations and protests in dozens of cities. Video reports have been received of continued protests in Mashad, Najafabad, Sabzevar, Esfahan, Karaj, and other locations.
The regime has resorted to belligerent threats to show no mercy in stopping protests, threatening to shoot protesters on sight. The general Prosecutor’s office headed by a notorious henchman of the regime, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, issued a directive to the regime’s infamous courts to act “decisively” and issue harsh sentences to those arrested during the ongoing anti-regime protests. Ironically, Montazeri is not in a position to direct courts even in the regime’s convoluted system of injustices but here we see not the rule of law but the application of oppression under the guise of law.
The State Security Force (SSF), the national police force in the regime, issued another bellicose statement warning that it is backed by the armed forces of the country, the army, the IRGC and its paramilitary wing, the Basij. The claim is a statement of weakness in the face of the persistent popular outpouring of condemnation by the people.
There are reports from inside the regime of directives issued to security forces to act decisively and stop any individual lenient behavior in the face of protests. All forces and agencies have been ordered to avoid stockpiling of guns and ammunition in fear of popular takeover of regime centers and to disperse them among the personnel. Security forces have been ordered to open live fire on protesters aiming to damage security service vehicles from waist down.
Another inside source reports from a chamber of commerce official that “the country has been shut down for the last 10-12 days.”
Another source is reported to have admitted that “the new generation has written off everybody in the Islamic Republic, whether reformers or fundamentalists. This is the generation of computer games, and backpacks, a generation that in no way believes what these people believe in, and they can’t do anything about it. They are coming into the streets without any fear, and they have frustrated the security forces. They just don’t know what to do with them. These kids that I am
seeing are not going to back down. This is going to persist. They are sucking the energy of the regime away. Think of it, every day 20 or so cities. The security force cannot transfer forces between places, and it doesn’t have any capacity and the forces are exhausted. You just can’t go on bringing forces into the streets every night from 2 or 4 PM and keeping them there until 2 AM…”