Mahsa Amini’s murder prompts Iranians to take the streets in several cities
The killing of Mahsa Amini, 22, by the regime’s so-called “morality police,” under the outrageous pretext of “improper hijab,” has sparked protests in various Iranian cities. After Mahsa Amini’s arrest and transfer to a police station, more people became incensed over her horrific killing, which resulted in protests escalating on Sunday in Tehran, Sanandaj, Mahabad, and Karaj.
She was brutally beaten and tortured while being held in custody, and when she was taken to a hospital, she passed away from what has been determined to be severe brain damage caused by the heavy blows to her head.
Iranians have also demonstrated against Mahsa Amini’s heinous murder in Europe, Toronto, and New York.
Shop owners in Sanandaj, Saqqez, Bukan, Marivan, Mahabad and other cities went on general strike on Monday morning as a result of community coordination to protest the brutal killing of Mahsa Amini. These anti-government measures have spread to Kurdish cities in the three western Iranian provinces of Kermanshah, West Azerbaijan, and Kurdistan.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 19, 2022
Following the regime’s harsh suppression of locals’ peaceful protests in Sanandaj on Sunday night, a general strike was scheduled for the next day. The capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province saw a large anti-regime protest, with many protesters chanting “Death to Khamenei!” in reference to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Sanandaj residents were defying all odds and resisting the deployment of numerous security forces by the regime. Anti-riot units started shooting at the demonstrators who were calling Khamenei a “disgrace. “Numerous protesters were reportedly hurt as a result of the regime’s forces opening fire, according to local activists. F our severely hurt protesters were moved to Tabriz in northwest Iran for medical care.
Activists have been posting reports online that the regime has dispatched Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) units to quell the protests, with many of the units dispatched from other provinces due to their inability to understand the locals when they spoke Kurdish.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 18, 2022
Additional reports claim that the Iranian regime has been sending more security personnel and anti-riot units to Kurdistan from the province of Khuzestan out of concern that the protests will grow.
On Monday, students from a number of Tehran-area universities took part in the nationwide demonstrations against Mahsa Amini’s murder. This includes the campuses of the Tehran, National, Amir Kabir, Tarbiat Modares, Arts, and Beheshti universities where students clashed with security personnel trying to disperse their crowds while chanting anti-regime chants. Protesters also set a “morality police” van of the regime on fire.
College students who demonstrated against the regime’s brutal crimes were praised for their bravery by Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 19, 2022
This is in addition to significant demonstrations in the city of Divandarreh in the Kurdistan Province of western Iran, where locals engaged in significant combat with the regime’s security forces. The anti-riot units that had been sent in to calm the enraged crowds were compelled to withdraw and flee the area.