Iran: Nationwide Uprising Spreads to 156 Cities
For the twelve times in a row during this uprising, protests and demonstrations went on through Monday night and early Tuesday morning local time in numerous Iranian cities. Despite the regime’s massive crackdown, which included Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), paramilitary Basij, and plainclothes agents using brute force against protesters. Major anti-regime rallies were held in the Iranian capital Tehran as well as many of the country’s major cities, including Tabriz, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Rasht, and Karaj.
According to sources from Iran’s opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), protests have spread to 156 cities, with regime security forces killing at least 240 protesters and arresting over 12,000 more. According to reports, the regime’s security forces have injured hundreds, if not thousands, of people.
Students at Tehran’s Tarbiat Modares University held protest rallies on Monday morning, demanding the release of students who had been detained and encouraging others to take part in the nationwide demonstrations.
As of 7:30 pm Tehran time on September 27, protests in #Iran have spread to over 156 cities in all 31 provinces.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 27, 2022
Many students have been arrested, according to reports, and the regime’s security apparatus is conducting house-to-house searches to identify and arrest protesters. This round of anti-regime protests has been particularly active among students.
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, was arrested by the regime’s so-called “Guidance Patrol” on Tuesday, September 13. The arrest took place at the entry of the Haqqani Highway and she was then transferred to the “Moral Security” agency.
Protesting her arrest, Amini was severely beaten by security forces in a van and was taken to the capital’s Kasra Hospital due to the severity of her injuries. Following preliminary examinations, doctors determined that Amini had suffered a stroke while also being brain dead. Amini passed away on Friday, September 16. Protests erupted soon after in several cities, including Tehran and Saqqez. Protests have continued and grown since then.
There were also protests and demonstrations in the cities of Amol, Zahedan, Sanandaj, Shahinshahr, Kermanshah, Zanjan, Qom, Mehrshahr, Varamin, Shahr-e-Rey, Jonaqan, and others. To keep the regime’s security forces out of their neighborhoods, protesters are frequently seen setting fires and erecting roadblocks. Once on the ground, protesters are targeting the regime’s security forces, particularly IRGC units and plainclothes agents.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) September 27, 2022
To prevent the protests from spreading, regime officials in Karaj, located just west of Tehran, imposed power outages in many parts of the city. This only encouraged more people to join the anti-regime protests.
Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi praised Iran’s courageous protesters and urged the international community to condemn the regime’s harsh crackdown. “The people of Iran give life to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by resisting a regime that tramples fundamental human rights. I urge the international community to condemn the clerical regime and support protesters,” she tweeted.
Netblocks, a UK-based internet monitoring organization that tracks network disruptions and shutdowns around the world, continued its reporting on the mullahs’ regime’s internet disruptions on Sunday.
“Real-time metrics show a nationwide disruption to Mobinnet, one of Iran’s largest network operators, as widespread internet platform restrictions and rolling blackouts persist amid protests,” they wrote on Twitter.
Mobile internet access in Iran is officially suspended between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m. local time. Activists are most likely sending footage of nationwide protests via devices connected to landlines.
#WomenForce4Change, pioneering the overthrow of the mullahs’ misogynistic regime. They have come to obliterate the clerical regime during #Iranprotests. They have risen up to demand freedom for all Iranians. They want to bring freedom and equality to #Iran. pic.twitter.com/ANE0w2klR9
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 26, 2022