Iran Protests 2022: Mahsa Amini protests spread like wildfire across 31 provinces
On Thursday, September 22, people took to the streets in cities across Iran for the seventh consecutive day of anti-regime protests. In Tehran, a large crowd gathered on Keshavarz Blvd and chanted, “The supreme leader is a disgrace,” referring to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. These protests began following the death of Mahsa Amini. On Tuesday, September 13, a 22-year-old woman from the Kurdistan Province city of Saqqez was arrested by the regime’s so-called “Guidance Patrol” at the Haqqani Highway entrance and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency.
Despite the heavy presence of security forces, protesters continued their rallies and defied the regime’s repressive forces. Protesters in Sanandaj resisted state security forces with bare hands and rocks. It is worth noting that the regime’s response to protests in Sanandaj and other Kurdish cities has been especially brutal in recent days, with numerous reports of security forces using firearms and live ammunition to quell protests. At the same time, internet access has become extremely limited and, at times, completely unavailable.
Iranians have escalated their protests by seizing control of their cities’ governor’s offices, torching numerous police stations and vehicles, and tearing down or torching large banners of Khamenei and Qassem Soleimani. This is a clear indication that the Iranian people are expressing their ultimate goal of achieving universal freedom by toppling the mullahs’ regime in its entirety.
Amnesty International reports “the deaths of six men, one woman, and one child during protests on September 19 and 20 in Kurdistan (4), Kermanshah (2), and West Azerbaijan (2) provinces.” At least four of them died as a result of injuries caused by security forces firing metal pellets at close range.”
Netblocks, a UK-based internet monitoring organization that tracks network disruptions and shutdowns around the world, reported on Wednesday that Iran is now subject to the most severe internet restrictions since the November 2019 massacre. Several mobile networks have been largely shut down, including MCI and Right, and Irancell has been partially shut down.
On the sixth day of the protests, on the eve of the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war, Khamenei delivered a speech. He never mentioned the Iranian people’s uprising or the killing of Mahsa Amini in his remarks, instead sticking to his usual line of “foreign conspiracies” against the mullahs’ regime.
A similar trend was seen in regime President Ebrahim Raisi’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he praised Qassem Soleimani while criticizing foreign countries for their “human rights problems.” Raisi went on to claim that the mullahs’ regime is a good model of human rights for foreign countries, ignoring the escalating protests across Iran.
Raisi’s address at the UNGA77 was responded to with a massive rally in New York to both express support for their compatriots across Iran and to condemn Raisi’s visit to New York.
These latest protests by the Iranian people can be described as a national uprising against the mullahs’ oppressive rule. Over 1,500 protesters were killed by the mullahs’ regime during the November 2019 uprising, uniting the Iranian people around a common goal of overthrowing the theocratic regime and their entire oppressive apparatus.