Iranwire – Iran’s unprecedented nationwide protests continued for a thirteenth night on Tuesday with security forces attempting to disperse massive protests as demonstators called for an end to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s rule and theocratic dictatorship in Iran.
Women and girls in Narmak, Tehran, removed their headscarves at mass protests and chanted “Death to the dictator!” alongside male demonstrators.
The Islamic Republic has not seen such an extended wave of sustained protests since the 2009 Green Movement. And events have continued to escalate since the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from Saqqez, who died from head injuries after she was detained by Iran’s “morality police” for “improper hijab”.
IranWire spoke to three doctors at the time who said that from the evidence available, it was clear Mahsa had received blows to the head before she fell into the coma two hours into her detention.
A citizen journalist’s video from Zarrin Dasht, Fars province, showed security forces opening fire and launching tear gas at protesters.
In Gohardasht, Karaj, women removed their headscarves and chanted: “Pellets, firecrackers and mullahs must be thrown away!”
Protesters in Mashhad chanted “Death to the dictator!” while in Amirabad, Tehran, citizens shouted slogans against the regime from the windows of their homes.
Elsewhere in Sanandaj, Iranian Kurdistan, despite a massive military-style deployment of security forces trying to disperse them, protesters chanted one of the most popular slogans of the movement so far, “Woman, Life, Freedom!”
Security forces in Ekbatan, Tehran, fired warning shots at people’s homes in a bid to intimidate them out of shouting slogans from their windows. Videos sent to the Twitter account 1500tasvir, which monitors ongoing protests in Iran, also appeared to show people in the Tehranpars area in altercations with security forces well after dark.
A massive security presence was also reported in Chabahar, Sistan and Baluchistan province. Fresh protests broke out in Chabahar last night, further inflamed by news that a police chief had raped a 15-year-old girl in the city earlier in September.
In the city of Rasht, hundreds of people gathered in the city’s Sabze Square earlier in the day for the funeral of a local man killed during the protests, Behnam Layeghpour. People sang patriotic songs at sunset as women waved their headscarves in the air as a symbol of defiance.
Protests also continued in the city of Shiraz in Fars province, where an abrupt crackdown on women’s civil freedoms began earlier this summer. A video shared by Iran International last night showed a man setting fire to a banner of Ali Khamenei in front of the local intelligence department.
In Mashhad, a holy city for Shia Muslims and seat of power for many of the ruling clergy, a newly-released video showed a group of young men running straight at a row of police cars, forcing them into retreat.