Iran’s 2022 Protests Point to a Democratic Revolution
A new wave of anti-regime protests erupted in Iran on September 16, 2022. By Tuesday, September 27, the uprising had been reported in at least 156 cities across all 31 provinces of the country, including 16 universities. On some days during this period, at least 30 protests took place in Tehran alone.
More than 240 demonstrators have been killed as a result of shootings by the regime’s repressive forces. Hundreds of people have been injured, and over 12,000 people have been arrested so far.
Families of detainees converged at the gate of the notorious Evin prison, demanding the release of their loved ones, as the protests continued and reacted to the reign of suppression.
People, particularly young people, have confronted the regime’s brutal suppression. In dozens of cases, youth counterattacks freed people who had been arrested by police or plainclothes mobs (Basij militias affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or the Ministry of Intelligence). During the clashes, several Basij members were killed.
Supporters of the Iranian Resistance around the world continue to hold demonstrations to support #IranRevolution and tell the world about #MahsaAmini and what is happening to the people of #Iran. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/OudrfkJPKN
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) September 27, 2022
While the murder of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the so-called “Morality Police” sparked the protests, people’s demands went beyond this tragic development from the start, with protesters calling for the regime’s overthrow in its entirety. “Death to the dictator,” “Death to Khamenei,” “I shall kill whoever killed my sister,” “Khamenei is a murderer, his rule is illegitimate,” “Death to the tyrant, whether it be the Shah or the Supreme Leader,” and “Even if we die, we will reclaim Iran” were some of the people’s slogans.
The direct and indirect role of Resistance Units affiliated with the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in organizing and, more importantly, working to prolong these protests is one of their most notable features.
Beginning in 2014, MEK established Resistance Units, which are ordinary citizens with regular ties and communication with those around them in the workplace, offices, hospitals, and society in general. The objective conditions in society, namely unresolved and profound social and political grievances, aided in the formation of the Resistance Units.
The regime’s top leaders, as well as various senior and lower-ranking officials, are constantly concerned about the MEK and its Resistance Units’ growing role inside Iran.
Beyond sporadic protests or even nationwide uprisings, current events in Iran point to a path that will lead to a democratic revolution. The Iranian people, who toppled the monarchical dictatorship in 1979 and are now rising up against the ruling religious dictatorship, are laying the groundwork for a new democratic revolution. This revolution opposes all forms of dictatorship and individual rule, whether hereditary or operating under the guise of religion or in the name of God. The Iranian people oppose misogyny and support full gender equality in all aspects, particularly in political leadership. This will be a revolution in favor of a democratic republic based on religious and state separation.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 28, 2022
The persistence of anti-regime demonstrations across the country, as well as the passion and enthusiasm of the younger generations to confront the repressive forces, represent the broader society’s support for the MEK and Iranian Resistance strategy to overthrow the regime while rejecting all theories that advocate cooperation with segments of the repressive forces such as the IRGC.
Iran is on the verge of a democratic revolution. The mullahs’ regime may be overthrown sooner or later, and there is no doubt that it will occur.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 27, 2022