Friday , 3 February 2023

Protests Reach More Than 80 Iranian Cities

Iranwire – Protests over the killing of Mahsa Amini by so-called ‘morality police’ have so far taken place in more than 80 Iranian cities. The past 36 hours have been marked by internet disruption, the failure of VPNs and the state blocking social media platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp to prevent news spreading within and outside the country.

According to the Kurdish human rights network Hengaw, at least three demonstrators were shot dead by the Basij and security forces yesterday in West Azerbaijan alone: Danesh Rahnama, 25, Sadroddin Litan, 27, and a 16-year-old, Amin Maroufi. Two others have been hospitalized in a critical condition.

IranWire has so far been able to verify the deaths of seven other people: Mohsen Mohammadi, Fereydoun Mahmoudi, Reza Lotfi, Farjad Darvishi, Zakaria Khial, Fouad Ghadimi and Mino Majedi.

In videos that reached us with difficulty on Wednesday night, people in different neighborhoods of Tehran, including Valiasr, Nazi Abad, Tehran Pars, Jomhouri Street, Quds Square, Sattar Khan, Hafez, Zafaranieh, Tajrish, and Robat Karim were seen in the streets chanting “Death to Khamenei”, “Beware the day when we are armed,” and “Death to the dictator”.

The protesters in Pakdasht resisted the efforts of security forces to disperse them, and the roads were blocked in other parts of Tehran. In the city of Qarchak elsewhere in Tehran province, protesters managed to break into the governor’s office, setting fire to billboards and images of officials. On Hafez Bridge, protesters chanted the slogan “We will fight, we will die, we will take back Iran”.

A video of the protests in Ahmadabad shows people taking over the police station and setting police cars on fire.

A police kiosk was set on fire in Shahsavar and a police car in Nishapur.

Protesters in Esfarayen, North Khorasan pulled down a banner showing the image of Ali Khamenei amid chants of “Death to the dictator”, while the sound of gunfire could be heard in the background.

In Kerman, the hometown of Ghassem Soleimani, protesters burned a billboard of his image. On Kish Island, protesters forced police on motorcycles to flee the scene.