Iran’s uprising enters its 52nd day, with heavy clashes in Marivan and other cities
On Sunday, Iran’s nationwide uprising will mark its 52nd day, following a day of nonstop protests by college students across the country. In an effort to instill fear and impose stricter campus rules and regulations, authorities are taking more actions. Protests in Iran have now spread to at least 216 cities, following the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman, at the hands of the regime’s morality police. According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the regime’s forces have killed over 530 people and arrested over 25,000. The MEK has released the names of 358 protesters who were killed.
According to the latest news from Marivan, authorities have dispatched a large number of security forces to quell the protests. These units even attacked a local school full of minors. Protesters are taking control of their cities by erecting roadblocks, and many activists are reporting that members of the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and other security units are using AK-47 assault rifles and shotgun pellet rounds.
Protests erupted early Sunday in Marivan, Kurdistan Province, western Iran, where residents buried Nasrin Ghaderi, a protester recently killed by the regime’s oppressive security forces. The burial ceremony turned into an anti-regime protest, with locals chanting “Death to Khamenei!” Protesters also held rallies late into the night, setting fires in the streets and chanting anti-regime and anti-leader slogans.
More reports show that the city is being overrun by protests. People have attacked the regime’s local MP office, and city bazaar merchants have gone on strike in solidarity with Marivan and other protesters across the country.
Students at several universities, including Tehran University in the country’s capital, Razi University in Kermanshah, Urmia University, and Sheikh Bahaei University in Isfahan, are protesting. Protests by high school students have been seen in Karaj, Shahriar, Zahedan, and Bukan. Employees of the regime’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance are also on strike in the country’s capital.
Protesters in Ahvaz set fire to a local base of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij Force. The Basij are despised because they are the first to be deployed to quell popular protest rallies and have harassed Iranians on the streets for the past forty years.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 6, 2022
Throughout the day, protests spread to more cities. Protests were reported in Isfahan, Tehran, Kermanshah, Mashhad, and Bushehr late at night. Protests and clashes were reported in several Tehran districts, including Sadeghiyeh, Nazi Abad, Tehranpars, and Sattarkhan.
According to preliminary reports on Saturday, authorities on various campuses were inspecting students’ backpacks and purses and even insulting them before allowing them to enter the perimeters. This sparked a new wave of college student protests across the country. Such reports were received in Tehran, among others, from the Sharif University of Technology and the Islamic Azad University-North Branch. Students at Mashhad University reported similar problems.
Locals in Saqqez, Mahsa Amini’s hometown, and other cities reported that merchants and store owners are on strike in solidarity with the nationwide general uprising.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition NCRI, praised the Iranian people’s brave protests and the ongoing anti-regime uprising. “From Tehran to Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Gilan, and elsewhere, brave university students work tirelessly to exhaust the enemy. With chants of ‘Death to Khamenei,’ these young men and women fight for a democratic Iran and against repression and dictatorship,” she said.
From Tehran to Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Gilan, etc. brave university students, are tirelessly determined to exhaust the enemy. These young men and women struggle for a democratic #Iran and against repression & dictatorship with chants of “Death to Khamenei.”#IranRevolution pic.twitter.com/q22QrdqD6Q
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 5, 2022