Iran’s nationwide uprising enters its 63rd day, with protesters targeting the entire regime
Protests erupted in response to the event, which has since spread to at least 227 cities. According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the regime’s forces have killed over 600 people and arrested over 30,000. The MEK has released the names of 427 protesters who were killed. As the regime’s security apparatus intensifies its deadly crackdown on the Iranian people, protesters are taking their tactics to the next level by continuously targeting offices of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s local representatives, sites of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the paramilitary Basij, attacking security units and forcing them to flee. Security buildings in many cities across the country, particularly in Kurdish areas, have fallen into the hands of locals.
According to preliminary reports on Thursday, merchants in Tehran and at least 15 other cities are striking for the third day in a row. Strikes have also been reported in the cities of Ilam, Rask, Surak, Qazvin, Bandar Abbas, Gorgan, Kamyaran, Marivan, Javanrud, Ravansar, and Khorramabad.
Protesters are erecting roadblocks and seizing control of their districts, as per activists in Bukan. Security forces opened fire on protesters, and at least one person was killed. Protests were also reported in Sanandaj, where protesters clashed with security forces.
Protests in Bukan lasted late into the night, with demonstrators seizing control of several government buildings. Protesters and security forces dispatched to quell the demonstrations clashed violently in Sanandaj as well. Other cities, including Mashhad, Arak, Bijar, Masal, Eyvanakey, Piranshahr, and Saqqez, joined the protests throughout the day. Protesters in many cities resisted the regime’s repressive forces by attacking government buildings used by security forces and ruling authorities.
Protests were reported in several districts throughout Tehran, including Kianpars, Ekbatan, Narmak, Shahrak-e Gharb, Naziabad, and Gisha. Protesters shut down streets and clashed with police.
Protests raged on into the night in several cities, including Khomeyn, Dorud, Hamedan, Baghmalek, Isfahan, Qorveh, Mahabad, Dayyer, Fuladshahr, and Karaj. Security forces continued to use live ammunition and tear gas on civilians to disperse protests but to no avail. In response to repression, protesters set fire to regime buildings.
While students at many universities boycotted classes in solidarity with the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising. The famous Isfahan steel mill, once the largest in the Middle East, was on strike for the second day.
Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) praised the Iranian people and brave protesters across the country for continuing the revolution against the regime despite the mullahs’ ruthless crackdown. “On the second day of the November 2019 uprising anniversary, and the third month of Iran’s uprising,” she said, “protesters rose up for freedom from Tehran’s Shadabad Bazaar to Isfahan’s Steel Mill Factory, from Sanandaj to Mahabad, Marvdasht, Izeh, Bandar Lengeh, and Evaz in Fars Province.”