Iran 2022 protests: Iranians’ unwavering desire for regime change endures
Sunday marked the 24th day of protests across Iran, with regime authorities scrambling their security forces in desperate attempts to quell an uprising that more and more Iranians are referring to as a “revolution.” People took to the streets in many cities across the country around noon, with protesters escalating their actions in response to the regime’s deadly crackdown.
Following the death of Mahsa Amini, these protests began. The 22-year-old woman from the Kurdistan Province city of Saqqez was apprehended by the regime’s “Guidance Patrol” on Tuesday, September 13, and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency. She was brutally beaten by morality police and died of her injuries on September 16 in a Tehran hospital. The incident sparked widespread protests across Iran, reigniting the people’s desire to destabilize the regime.
Sunday’s protests began with student demonstrations in several cities across the country. Students at Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran staged a campus strike. Students at Tarbiat Modares University were chanting, “We will be here every day.” Students at Islamic Azad University in Qazvin were chanting, “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” A large protest rally took place at Amir Kabir University. Students at Arak University held a large protest rally and chanted anti-regime slogans such as “No fear! We’re all in this together!” Gilan University students also held a large rally.
Protests were also held by high school students in several cities, including Bandar Abbas, Fardis, and Mashhad. Authorities in Sanandaj had imposed a total internet blackout, according to Netblocks, an organization that monitors internet connectivity around the world.
Protests were reported every night in several cities. Protesters in Sanandaj set fire to dumpsters and blocked roads while chanting anti-regime slogans. Protesters in Mahabad held street rallies, chanted anti-regime slogans, and took control of some districts. Protesters in Yasuj chanted, “Death to the dictator!” The streets of Kermanshah were filled with smoke and fire as protesters chanted anti-regime slogans. Protesters clashed with security forces on Tehran’s Valiasr Street.
Reports from Tehran and other cities on Saturday showed protesters seizing control of various cities and confronting the regime’s security forces. Because of the temperamental nature of these protests, regime officials are finding it difficult to effectively dispatch their forces to put an end to these nationwide rallies. This is contributing significantly to the success of the protesters while significantly lowering morale and efficiency among the regime’s forces.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 9, 2022
Saturday’s protests began with a coordinated effort in mostly Kurdish cities in Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces, where locals once again went on strike. College and high school students gradually began to take to the streets, igniting Saturday’s anti-regime demonstrations.
Security forces in many parts of Tehran and other cities began firing directly at the protesters. Many videos have been posted online showing security forces firing directly at protesters, sometimes at point-blank range. Other footage shows brave Iranians, particularly women, standing firm in the face of heavily armed security forces.
Regime President Ebrahim Raisi delivered a speech at Tehran’s Al-Zahra University. The students “welcomed” him, chanting “Raisi, get lost!” and “Mullahs must get lost!” among other slogans that specifically targeted Raisi and his decades of participation in the regime’s killing spree against political dissidents, particularly members of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) during the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners.