Iran’s protests continue as people rally in solidarity with Kurdish cities

| 24.11,22. 12:05 AM |

Iran’s protests continue as people rally in solidarity with Kurdish cities

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According to latest reports protesters in at least 249 cities throughout Iran’s 31 provinces have taken to the streets for 69 days now seeking to overthrow the mullahs’ regime. Over 640 have been killed by regime security forces and at least 30,000 arrested, via sources affiliated to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.

The nationwide uprising in Iran is marking its 69th day on Wednesday with people in many cities across the country continuing their anti-regime protests and chanting slogans in solidarity with their compatriots in the country’s Kurdish cities, especially Javanrud and Piranshahr.

Tuesday night also witnessed protesters in many cities taking to the streets despite the regime’s heavy crackdown measures. Brave locals are continuing the trend of using Molotov cocktails in targeting sites of the Basij paramilitary force affiliated to the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), offices of representatives of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, offices of members of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) who joined a recent call to have all arrested protesters executed, and other buildings affiliated to the state.

Protests in Iran have to this day, expanded to at least 249 cities. Over 640 people have been killed, and more than 30,000 are arrested by the regime’s forces, according to sources of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The names of 503 killed protesters have been published by the PMOI/MEK.

On Tuesday night, locals in Tehran’s Moshiryeh district began establishing roadblocks and continuing the nationwide protests against the mullahs and chanting anti-regime slogans. Such gatherings and rallies were also held in the cities of Karaj, Zahedan, Marivan, and Dehgolan, and the towns of Qods City (Ghale Hassan Khan) just west of Tehran, Shahr-e-Rey located south of the capital, and in Mohr of Fars Province located in south-central Iran.

People in the city of Andimeshk in Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, launched a demonstration and began chanting anti-regime slogans. Authorities immediately dispatched security forces to the scene and began quelling the protests.

In Sari of Mazandaran Province in northern Iran locals set ablaze a site of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij Force.

Local activists in the Kurdish regions were reporting military helicopters patrolling their cities. In Saqqez one such helicopter was seen flying at a low altitude and patrolling the city from above. Other reports indicate six IRGC helicopters flying from Kermanshah toward the city of Javanrud. In the city of Javanrud activists posted footage of at least one drone above the city and reported that IRGC units were using 12.7mm DShK heavy machine guns to fire rounds in the city.

On Tuesday merchants and store owners in many cities were on strike in solidarity with the ongoing nationwide uprising on this 68th day and condemning the regime’s lethal crackdown in Kurdish cities. Reports of such strikes were received from the cities of Sanandaj, Saqqez, Javanrud, Baneh, Bukan, Ravansar, Oshnavieh, Marivan, Kamyaran, Takab, and Shahreza, among others.

Workers of the 11th refinery in the South Pars complex in southern Iran and the petrochemical site of Masjed Soleyman in Khuzestan Province were on strike on this 68th day of the nationwide uprising. Drivers and employees of a terminal in the Akbarabad district of Eslamshahr southwest of Tehran began chanting “No fear! We’re all together!” and “Death to the dictator!” Locals in downtown Tehran were also seen chanting Death to the dictator!

Students at various universities were boycotting their classes in solidarity with the nationwide uprising. This includes Tehran’s National University, the Iran University of Science and Technology, the Sharif University of Technology, Amir Kabir University, and the Tehran University of Arts; the Persian Gulf University in Bushehr, Razi University in Kermanshah, the Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, the Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, and Noshirvani University in Babol. Campus security forces at Razi University were seen arresting students boycotting their classes, according to local activists.

High school students in Tehran’s Abdulabad district were also seen protesting and chanting: “[Khamenei] is a disgrace!” Similar protests by high school students were reported in Karaj, located just west of the capital Tehran, Isfahan, and Zahedan.

Locals in Ashar, a town in Sistan & Baluchestan Province of southeast Iran, began taking control of their streets in new protests in solidarity with their compatriots in Iran’s Kurdish cities.

In the midnight hours and early Tuesday morning, IRGC units in Piranshahr were opening fire and shooting barrages of bullets into people’s homes, according to local activists. In Bukan’s Maskan-e Mehr apartments IRGC units were opening fire and shooting barrages of bullets into people’s homes in the hours after midnight, local activists report.

Iranian opposition coalition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi held an online session with members of the Canadian Parliament during which she emphasized how Iran’s protests are escalating despite the regime’s heavy crackdown and the role that the international community should be playing.

“Iran is on the brink of a major change. The slogan of ‘Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the mullahs’ and other similar slogans have become part of the revolutionary culture in Iran. The Iranian people’s uprising did not foment overnight. It is rooted in 43 years of repression. Women are at the forefront of this uprising because they have been under double oppression; deprived of all their fundamental rights,” she explained.

“Iranians want a democratic republic based on popular vote, with separation of religion and state where no one is favored based on religion or ethnicity. The mullahs aim to create the illusion that there’s no democratic alternative and that their overthrow will create havoc in Iran and the region. A nationwide resistance and a democratic alternative exist in Iran. The NCRI is a coalition of different political forces promoting unity for regime change and the establishment of democracy. It is the longest-standing political coalition in Iran’s modern history,” the NCRI President-elect emphasized.

Freedom-loving Iranians and PMOI/MEK supporters have been continuing their photo exhibitions, rallies, and gatherings in various cities across the globe condemning the regime’s ongoing human rights violations and in solidarity with their compatriots protesting throughout Iran. Such gatherings and exhibitions are scenes of Iranian expats providing information to the general public about the latest protests in Iran, the regime’s atrocities, and the Iranian people’s determination to continue this revolution to topple the mullahs’ dictatorship.

The protests in Iran began following the death of Mahsa Amini. Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a 22-year-old woman from the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, who traveled to Tehran with her family, was arrested on Tuesday, September 13, at the entry of Haqqani Highway by the regime’s so-called “Guidance Patrol” and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency.

She was brutally beaten by the morality police and died of her wounds in a Tehran hospital on September 16. The event triggered protests that quickly spread across Iran and rekindled the people’s desire to overthrow the regime.

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