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Iran protests: Special report from Behbehan

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 22, 2019—The following report is from an MEK activist from inside Iran:

Since the first hours of the protests, the people of Behbehan started resisting against the repressive forces of the regime. In protest to the regime’s suppression and corruption, the people set fire to government buildings and regime-owned banks.

On Friday, November 15, the demonstration started in downtown, at the Bank-e Melli crossroad, and continued until 11 pm. On the same night, we declared that would gather at the crossroads on the morrow. On November 16, the demonstration began at 9 am and continued until 11 am with the crowd chanting slogans such as “Death to Khamenei,” “Death to dictator,” and “Cannons, tanks, firecrackers, mullahs must get lost.”

After 11 am, the Revolutionary Guards and Basijis attacked the protesters. The violence of the security forces angered the protesters, and in response, they set fire to the Bank-e Melli branch in the center of the city. Interestingly, faced with the rage of the people, the Basijis and the Guards and State Security Forces were incapable of doing anything and they backed down.

Afterward, the direct confrontation between the people and the IRGC started. The people were outraged at the regime and set fire to all regime centers. The level of social understanding is very high among the protesters. They did not damage anything that belonged to the people. In fact, they were very careful around the personal property of the people and made sure that only the regime’s property is damaged.

Clashes between security forces and protesters continued until 1 pm. The Maskan and Mellat banks in Moalem Street were also destroyed. After that, the branches of Saderat and Ayandeh banks in Javanmardi Street were torched.

As the fires flared up, more people joined the protests. Nothing could stand in the way of the rage and the will of the people.

After 1 pm, security forces started directly shooting and firing tear gas at protesters in Moalem, Javanmardi and Masjed Bardi streets. Heavy clashes continued until 4 pm.

At the Shiraz Square, where the Dashti brothers (Mehrdad and Mahmoud) were shot and killed, heavy clashes continued. The Revolutionary Guards were killing the people mercilessly.

After 4 pm, all branches of government-run banks at the Nahvi crossroads, including Saderat and Tejarat, were set on fire. The clashes between the youth and the Revolutionary Guards spread to Helal Ahmar and Bimarestan crossroads, and from the Bimarestan Square, they expanded to Marahel Square and Pirouz Street.

The clashes continued until 8 pm at the Bid Boland Square.

During the days of the uprisings, there was great solidarity among the people. There was a general sense of responsibility to protect the belongings of the people. All the slogans were directed at [regime supreme leader Ali] Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards.

I will do my best to gather the names and other information about the martyrs of Behbehan and send it to you.