Massive protests across Iran as economic crisis deepens and poisonous gas attacks target schools
The protests are raising concerns among regime officials that the growing discontent may erupt into a new wave of massive protests that could engulf the regime and render a security crisis for the mullahs’ entire apparatus.
People throughout the country are holding Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) responsible for their miseries, while also condemning the paramilitary Basij units and other security units that are suppressing peaceful demonstrations.
According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the protests have expanded to at least 282 cities, with over 750 people killed and more than 30,000 arrested by the regime’s forces. The MEK has published the names of 664 killed protesters.
As protests continue to escalate, locals in Tehran are reporting yet another poisonous gas attack, this time targeting an all-girls school. Reports of such attacks have been escalating throughout the past four months, raising suspicions that the regime is sanctioning these attacks that have mostly targeted all-girls schools.
Latest reports indicate that at least 26 all-girls high schools across Iran and some female universities, mostly in Tehran, were targeted in chemical gas attacks on Wednesday, resulting in a crisis situation in some locations.
March 1 – Tehran, #Iran
Locals are reporting another poisonous attack, this time targeting the all-girls Hajar School. Parents have rushed to the site and this man says the gas "smells like oranges."pic.twitter.com/Aiv023ADFg
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 1, 2023
Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) condemned the attacks and urged all compatriots and brave youths to rise in support and solidarity with the protesters. She also called on the Human Rights Council and relevant UN rapporteurs to act urgently and hold Khamenei’s regime accountable for the criminal disaster of poisoning schoolgirls.
On Wednesday night, protests erupted in several districts of Tehran and Mashhad, with locals chanting anti-regime slogans and burning a billboard of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the city of Dehgolan in Kurdistan Province, western Iran.
Families and students in Tehran and Ardabil protested the #poisoning of students, chanting "death to Khamenei," "death to the dictator," and "death to the child-killing regime." I urge all compatriots and brave youths to rise in support and solidarity with protesters. pic.twitter.com/r4tfgKcOoi
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) March 1, 2023
In addition, students of Chamran University in Tehran protested a decision to hold classes online for the next three weeks, while pensioners of the Social Security Organization held protest rallies in several cities across the country protesting low wages and pensions, insurance issues, and poor living conditions.
The ongoing protests are a clear sign that the Iranian people are growing tired of the regime’s oppressive policies and economic mismanagement, and the regime is facing a serious challenge to its authority.
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