Protests continued throughout Iran on Wednesday, September 28, into the 13th day of the people’s latest uprising against the mullahs’ regime. To this day demonstrations and protests have been registered in more than 156 cities across all of Iran’ 31 provinces.
At least 240 protesters have been killed and more than 12,000 others have been arrested following the regime’s intense crackdown measures and opening fire on demonstrators, according to reports from sources associated to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
On Wednesday morning, the students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences held protest rallies, calling for the ouster of mullahs from power. “Mullahs must get lost!” the students chanted as they rallied at the campus. They also expressed their determination to continue their struggle for freedom, chanting, “We will fight and take back Iran!” a slogan that has become very popular among the Iranian population in face of the regime’s repression.
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.
Amini was severely beaten by the security forces. She was taken to the capital’s Kasra Hospital due to the severity of her injuries afterwards. 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.
On Wednesday, the students of Isfahan University also held protest rallies, calling for the release of detained students. They also reiterated their commitment to continue their protest rallies. “College students rather die than live in shame!” the students chanted.
Students have been very active in the recent protests. Following the arrest of a large number of college students across the country, starting Monday many university professors and students throughout Iran began launching strikes by refusing to attend their classes until all of the arrested college students are released.
The universities witnessing such protests movements were Tehran, Tarbiat Modares, Amir Kabir (Polytechnic), Sharif Industrial, Arts in Isfahan, Kharazmi, Khajeh Nasir Toosi, Bu-Ali Sina in Hamedan, Allameh Tabataba’i, Iran University of Science and Technology, Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Science and Culture, Yazd, Gilan, Qazvin, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Al-Zahra, Semnan, Isfahan University of Technology, Chamran in Ahvaz, Mohaghegh Ardabili, Azad in Najafabad, and the Shandiz Institute of Higher Education in Mashhad.
On Wednesday night, protests began in several cities. In Mashhad, protesters were chanting, “Death to Khamenei!” and calling on other people to join them in their protests against the regime.
In Tehran’s Chitgar district, protesters were chanting “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to the Basijis!” referring to members of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij Force. In recent nights, protesters have been constantly regrouping and holding protest rallies in different parts of the capital. Even when security forces prevent the people from holding rallies, they continue to chant anti-regime slogans from rooftops.
Despite the regime’s brutal repression of protests in Tehran, protests continue. On Wednesday, protesters made a daring attempt and torched a Bassij base at Imam Hossein Square. The Bassij is the main force used in the repression of popular protests and is much hated among the population.
Protests continued in several districts of Tehran on Wednesday. Videos show protesters chanting anti-regime slogans in several districts, including Farhangian and Zaferaniyeh.
Images and videos from nationwide protests show Iran’s regime is using children in its anti-riot units. As the protests have expanded to at least 156 cities across all 31 provinces, the regime is hard-pressed to fill the ranks of its repressive forces. It is thus forcing children to fill the ranks of its repressive anti-riot forces.
Videos show nightly protests taking place in other cities across Iran. Despite internet blackouts imposed by the regime, the people have managed to find ways to send footage of their protests. In Gohardasht, Sanandaj, and Isfahan’s Najaf Abad, protesters continued to hold rallies and chant anti-regime slogans.
In Yazd, protesters resisted security forces on Wednesday night. Since the beginning of the uprising, Yazd has been one of the hotbeds of anti-regime rallies, and despite the heavy presence of repressive forces, protesters have managed to hold their ground in many areas of the city.
Protests continued into the night on Tuesday despite authorities dispatching a large number of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), paramilitary Basij, and plainclothes agents. Authorities were also disrupting internet connections as they have on a daily basis. However, all these measures still failed to prevent protesters across the country from taking to the streets. Major anti-regime rallies were reported from the capital Tehran and other metropolitan cities such as Tabriz, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Rasht, and Karaj.
Activists in many cities were sending reports describing how officials in different cities have been deploying security units into the streets for long hours during the day in an attempt to prevent the further spread of these latest nationwide protests. Protesters, however, were able to take to the streets in dozens of cities on Tuesday night and chant anti-regime slogans, especially “Death to Khamenei!” specifically targeting regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Reports of protests were also received on Tuesday from various parts of Tehran, including Narmak, Haft Howz Square, Shahrak-e-Gharb, Ekbatan, Heravi Square, Shahrara, Zafaraniyeh, Punak, Amirabad, Sattarkhan, and Abdulabad among others.
The city of Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchestan Province was the scene of intense protests on Tuesday as angry protesters took to the streets and regime security forces began opening fire. Protesters were able to force the regime’s security forces to flee, allowing locals to begin taking over the City Hall and other administrative buildings associated to the building.
Many of the city’s police stations were also stormed and torched. Some activists were reporting the city was in control of the protesters as people were also seen torching the regime’s state banks that have long been plundering the already deprived locals.
Zarrin Dasht in Fars Province was also the scene of major anti-regime protests where locals were able to take control of various areas as regime security forces fled.
The cities of Kermanshah, Shiraz, Sanandaj, Yazd, Karaj, Jam in Bushehr Province, Firuzabad in Fars Province, Gohardasht of Alborz Province, Pardis in Tehran Province, and others also reported ongoing anti-regime protests and demonstrations.
Activists in Tehran were reporting an intense deployment of security forces by regime authorities. In response, protesters took to their rooftops to continue chanting anti-regime slogans, including “Death to Khamenei!” and “Death to the dictator!” The regime’s oppressive security forces began opening fire into people’s homes to install a climate of fear and silence the protesters.
Iranian opposition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi hailed the brave protesters of Iran and especially the leading role of Iranian women in this uprising. “The courageous people of Iran and especially women will sweep away Khamenei’s dark rule,” she tweeted.
In line with a continuing line of its daily reports about internet disruptions in Iran, Netblocks, the UK-based internet observatory organization tracking network disruptions and shutdowns across the globe, provided another update report on Tuesday about internet blackouts imposed by the mullahs’ regime.