Report by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 3, 2018 - From this afternoon (Aug. 3, 2018 local time) the people of Tehran, Karaj and Mashhad have once again poured into the streets to protest against the religious despotism and the country’s economic crumbling due to the corruption of the mullahs’ regime. Later, the cities of Ghahdarijan and Shahin Shahr in Isfahan province, and Andimeshk in Khuzestan joined the protests.
In the past few hours youths in the city of Mashhad have been chanting “Death to the dictator” and launching their demonstration.
In Tehran’s Vali Asr Crossroad brave protesters are seen chanting “Death to the dictator” and beginning their courageous protests.
They’re also heard chanting: “Iranians, shout out for your rights” & “Cowards, cowards” to the regime’s repressive security forces.
Youths in Gohardasht of Karaj, west of Tehran, are now demonstrating and chanting “Death to the dictator,” “Iranians rather die than live in shame” and “Proud Iranians, support, support.”
They’re also shouting towards the regime’s repressive forces and chanting: “We may die but we’ll take Iran back.”
This is the fourth consecutive day that protests are taking place in numerous cities across Iran. While protests have started over economic grievances, their nature has quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations. In previous days, protesters have clashed with security forces on several occasions and refuse to disperse despite the heavy security presence.
10:30 PM CET: Protests continued late into the night in different cities of Iran, the latest reports indicate. In Tehran, after the end of a football match, people chanted “Death to dictator” slogans while leaving the Freedom Stadium.
A former officer of the Iranian regime’s state security forces who is now among protesters said, “Two years ago, I was in the state security forces and I know all of their anti-riot formations and tactics. They are afraid of the people.”
In Zibashahr, Qazvin, people have formed pockets of protests and are chanting, “We are the servants of God, not tyrants.”
In Karaj, security forces have opened fire on protesters. At least one of the protesters has been injured, reports and videos indicate.
9:30 PM CET: Kermanshah is the latest city to join the protests that began this afternoon. Large groups of people have come to the streets and are calling for the overthrow of the mullahs regime.
In Gohardasht, fierce clashes between protesters and security forces continue. The streets are strewn with rocks and bricks that people have thrown at security forces. Protesters report that the regime’s agents are firing at protesters from rooftops in different locations. Despite the heavy presence of the regime’s security forces, protests continue. Protesters are still chanting “Death to dictator” and “We will dies but we won’t give in to disgrace.”
At the Gohardasht intersection, protesters have set fire on the motorcycles of state security forces.
An exclusive voice message sent from the prison of Karaj, death row prisoners voiced their support with protesters and shouted “Death to dictator” and “long live freedom” slogans. “They’re sending us to the gallows,” one prisoner says. “It makes no difference. It’s either death of freedom.” The prisoners shouted “the uprising continues while the dictator stands” and ended their message with “Death to Khamenei.”
In Eshtehard, Karaj, protesters have set fire on the seminary, which symbolizes the rule of the mullahs and are marching toward the governorate. Security forces are trying to block the roads and prevent protesters from moving forward.
The latest reports from Ghahdarijan, Isfahan, indicate that clashes continue between protesters and security forces.
Protests also continue in Tehran’s Valiasr and Park-e Daneshjou. Protesters are chanting slogans against the regime and calling security forces “cowards.” In Tehran’s Freedom Stadium, the people are chanting “Death to dictator.”
9:00 PM CET: Tensions are growing between protesters and security forces in several cities where demonstrations erupted this afternoon. According to reports by MEK activists in Iran, protesters are resisting against the repressive forces of the Iranian regime. In several locations, protesters are clashing with security forces.
“The people are throwing rocks at the agents,” one local reporter from Gohardasht says. “The protesters have set fire on a motorcycle. There’s a huge crowd.” Other reports from Gohardasht show motorized units of security forces continue to move toward the protesters.
Videos obtained from Ghahdarijan, Isfahan show protesters are in control of some sections of the city and security forces have not been able to quell the demonstrations. “There are heavy clashes, but they (security forces) haven’t been able to do anything,” one protester says. Security forces have opened fire on protesters and one protester has been injured.
8:00 PM CET: Protests that started this afternoon continue in five cities. In Tehran’s Valiasr crossroads, the protesters are chanting “Shout for your rights!”
In Karaj, thousands of people have joined the nightly protests. Protesters continue to chant, “Death to dictator” and calling on their compatriots to join them. While there’s heavy presence of security forces and anti-riot police, the protesters are chanting, “We will die and take back Iran.” In Eshtehard, Karaj, more and more people are joining the ranks of protesters.
In Mashhad, protesters are chanting “Death to dictator!”
In Ghahdarijan, protesters are tightening their ranks and staring their demonstration. According to reports from the MEK’s network of activists, protesters in Ghahdarijan are creating defensive obstacles to protect themselves against security forces.
In Shahin Shahr, Isfahan, security forces are trying to prevent protesters from joining their ranks. “Police forces have gathered in the Ferdowsi square to prevent the people from demonstrating,” says a local reporter from Shahin Shahr.
Andimeshk city in Khuzestan is the latest city to join the protests. To their fellow Iranians, protesters are chanting, “Enough is enough! Show your dignity!”
The regime’s state-run media are trying to downplay the protests. According to the IRGC-owned Fars News Agency, Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli, the interior minister of the Iranian regime has said, “The enemies think that if 50 to 200 people gather in one place, the situation will change.” Meanwhile local reports obtained from PMOI/MEK activists indicate that in some places, the demonstrating crowds number in the thousands.
More videos of the August 3rd protests in cities across Iran are listed below for easy downloading: