Live report: Iran protests spread to 133 cities in all 31 provinces despite deadly crackdown

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Anti-regime protests continued in many Iranian cities on Saturday, September 24. These protests have continued despite heavy security measures, internet shutdowns, and the brutal repressions of demonstrations. According to reports,

Friday, September 23, marked the eighth day of Iran’s latest uprising with protests expanding to at least 133 cities in all of the country’s 31 provinces. This is despite a massive crackdown launched by the mullahs’ regime during which security forces have killed more than 100 protesters parallel to widespread protests, and continuous internet connection disruptions to silence the Iranian people’s protests and cloak their quelling under complete impunity.

On Saturday, families of arrested protesters in Tehran rallied in front of Evin prison and demanded the release of their loved ones. Regime authorities ignored their demands and forced them to disperse.

At the same time security forces cracked down on Tehran University students who had held a protest rally. In recent days, university students have played a very active role in the protests and have been at the forefront of making demands for regime change and freedom.

These protests 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.

Protesting her arrest, Amini was severely beaten by the security forces in a van and was taken to the capital’s Kasra Hospital due to the severity of her injuries. After initial examinations, doctors declared that Amini had suffered a stroke and was brain dead at the same time. Amini died on Friday, September 16. Shortly after, protests broke out in several cities, including Tehran and Saqqez. The protests have continued and expanded since.

Security forces were especially violent toward students on Saturday. One video shows a plainclothes agent violently pulling a student on the ground

However, despite repressive measures, students continued their protests. One Tehran University student shouted, “We want our rights. You can’t shut down our voices!”

Protests also resumed in Shiraz on Saturday. Protesters held a large gathering in Zand Street and chanted, “Death to the dictator.”

Units of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), state security forces, Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), and plainclothes agents have been involved in the ongoing crackdown. As the protests have been escalating for over a week now, the theocratic regime is officially announcing and acknowledging internet disruptions. All the while, activists in the city of Oshnavieh in Kurdistan Province of western Iran were posting footage of protesters taking over the city and torching all government buildings and some banks. Similar yet unconfirmed reports were received from Marivan in northwest Iran.

“Due to security issues and various discussions that are ongoing these days across the country, at various times there may be restrictions imposed through decisions made by the security apparatus,” said Issa Zarepour, the regime’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, on Friday. “In recent days in some areas and at some hours of the day here have been temporary restrictions,” he added.

Update reports about the massive protests across Iran are arriving with delay, due to these restrictions. In Tehran, in addition to previous reports, protests were reported in the districts of East Ferdows, Shemiran, Tehransar, Sadeghiyeh, Sattarkhan, Ekbatan, Takhti, and others where large crowds of protesters were chanting various anti-regime slogans.

“Khamenei is a murderer! His rule is illegitimate!” referring to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“Death to Khamenei!” and “Death to the dictator!”

“This is the year that [Khamenei] will be overthrown!”

“Say it – Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”

“Rape, crimes, death to this regime!”

“This is the last message! The regime itself is the target!”

Activists in dozens of cities across the country have been posting footage of protests. This includes Qom, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Saqqez, and Bukan. In the city of Behbahan in Khuzestan Province of southwest Iran people were chanting: “Mullahs must get lost!” In the city of Rasht in Gilan Province of northern Iran protesters took to the streets and were chanting: “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or [Khamenei]!”

In Ardabil in northwest Iran, people protesting in the city’s Jajin Square people were chanting: “Khamenei have some shame and let go of the country!” In the city of Saveh in Markazi Province of central Iran protesting youth torched a bus to block a road and prevent the regime from dispatching its IRGC units and plainclothes agents.

Locals in the district of Tehransar in the Iranian capital were seen blocking their streets and chanting: “Death to the mullahs’ regime!” In the city of Karaj in Alborz province, located east of Tehran, protesting locals were seen chanting: “Death to Khamenei! Damned be Khomeini!” the latter referring to the regime’s first supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini.

In the city of Qaen in South Khorasan Province of eastern Iran people took to the streets chanting: “Mullahs must get lost!” In the city of Malayer in Hamedan Province of western Iran protesters were chanting: “Death to the dictator!”

Iranian opposition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi hailed the over 100 protesters killed by the regime’s security forces during these latest protests, adding these brave Iranians “symbolize the Iranian nation’s will to overthrow religious dictatorship and establish the people’s sovereignty. I salute the defiant youths who staged protest in 133 cities in just one week. Rise up to free those arrested and support their families.”

 

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