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Iran: Seventh day of anti-regime protests triggered by gas price hikes, fuel rationing

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 21, 2019—Cities throughout Iran are witnessing ongoing demonstrations, protests and an all-out nationwide uprising, entering its seventh consecutive day on Thursday, November 21. Tehran and many other cities are home to ongoing protests as the Iranian people have risen in 144 cities across the country with at least 251 killed and over 3,700 people injured by the regime’s oppressive security forces. Reports also indicate more 7,000 protesters have been arrested.

Protesters are directly voicing political demands by targeting senior regime officials and the entire mullahs’ apparatus. In their slogans, protesters are demanding the downfall of the Iranian regime and targeting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as the root of the Iranian people’s ongoing miseries.

UPDATE (9:00 PM CET):

U.S. President Donald Trump warned the mullahs’ regime on the use of violence against protesters and shutting down the internet.

“Iran has become so unstable that the regime has shut down their entire Internet System so that the Great Iranian people cannot talk about the tremendous violence taking place within the country. They want ZERO transparency, thinking the world will not find out the death and tragedy that the Iranian Regime is causing!” he said.

 

 

In Robat Karim, a city southwest of Tehran, people gathered in the streets and held a demonstration on Thursday, November 21, despite the fact that authorities dispatched a large number of security forces.

A report from Isfahan indicates two police stations, the regime’s municipality building, numerous banks and gas stations have been torched by protesters as unrest continues across this major city in central Iran. Authorities have dispatched a large number of security forces in a desperate attempt to gain control over ongoing protests.

Mohammad Ostovar Meimandi, a senior official in Fars Province, south-central Iran, reported four so-called “religious schools” used by the mullahs to promote their reactionary mentality and ideology have been attacked by protesters, one being destroyed completely. These sites were in various cities, including Shiraz and Kazerun. Another such site in the city of Kuyam near Shiraz was also attacked and two vehicles belonging to local mullahs were torched by protesters.

Sheikh Neisir al-Tamimi, former chief of justice in Palestine, voiced his support for the Iranian people’s uprising. “Iran’s revolution is a spark that will burn the earth underneath the feat of [dictators] and topple the mullahs’ regime,” he said.

French MP Andre Chassaigne also expressed his support the protests in Iran. “The dictatorship in Iran should not be allowed to impose such unbelievable violence,” he said.

 

UPDATE (6:40 PM CET):

MEK network inside Iran:

A local of Shahin-Dejh in West Azerbaijan Province of northwest reported on Wednesday, November 20: “There are intense clashes here. Bukan is the nearest city to us and the regime’s forces are on high alert there while imposing martial law. In Shahin-Dejh the IRGC Basij forces are dispatched in high numbers. However, they cannot leave their bases because they are identified very quickly. Two or three people have been arrested here.

“Protesters torched gas stations in the city of Miandoab (West Azerbaijan Province). The regime’s forces killed four people in Bukan. They have even deployed a helicopter and are shooting directly at the people. Those who have been killed are between the ages of 35 and 38, one being a woman. The regime’s forces are deployed across the city in high numbers.

Protesters set fire to Iranian regime IRGC Basij base

“In Tehran around 15 or 20 people have been killed. Fortunately, no one has been killed in Zanjan (another city in northwest Iran) yet there have been many arrested. The National Internet Network, (Iran’s intranet) is available while there is no access to the internet.”

A citizen reported from Karaj, west of Tehran:

“At nights the youths are seen heading out in large groups and launching demonstrations, chanting and at times clashing with the regime’s plainclothes agents and IRGC forces. The youth mostly gather at the Tehran-Karaj highway. On November 18, the Karaj-Qazvin and Karaj-Tehran highways were both closed by the people. Many other highways and freeways are also blocked.”

 

 

UPDATE (2:30 PM CET):

A spokesperson for the European Union called on the Iranian regime to “exercise maximum restraint in handling the protests.”

“The rights to freedom of expression and assembly must be guaranteed,” Maja Kocijancic said in a statement.

More reports from the MEK network inside Iran about Wednesday’s protests (due to internet outages, we’re receiving delayed reports as citizens struggle to finds ways to send news of the protests:

The regime has filled Ghaemshahr’s center with security forces out of fear of protests, one citizen from the city reported. “The regime has set up a long queue of security forces. But despite the heavy security presence, the people are continuing their protests in alleys and main streets.”

This citizen also reported that protesters attacked a former regime MP on Tuesday, but he was able to evade the outraged people.

Protesters block the road preventing the regime patrols to aproach

Another report pertains that some of the martyrs of the uprisings were buried on Wednesday in Eslamshahr and Malard, Tehran province. “The people were shouting, ‘Death to the dictator,’” a citizen from Eslamshahr said. “[The regime] refused to hand over the body of one of the martyrs named Amin. His father and brother were arrested for several hours. They were released after several hours and were instructed not to hold a funeral for their son, not to interview, and to bury the body in a faraway village. The people gathered in front of the house of the martyr. Security forces tried to disperse the crowd and clashes ensued. The people chanted, ‘I will kill he who killed my brother.’ There was a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. They were crying and chanting slogans. They finally handed over the body to the family in the evening. Right now, the people have gathered in the Khomeini Blvd. and are chanting slogans. Security forces don’t dare to step forward.

“Amin had a mobile phone store in the same street. Security forces shot him in the leg. There was no ambulance and he died as soon as he arrived at the hospital.”

On Thursday, another youth from Kermanshah reported, “There was a major who had killed 14-15 of our compatriots, the people that the regime is calling ‘rioters.’ The major killed them, and other protesters killed the major in revenge. The streets are filled with rocks. The people of Kermanshah’s Jafar Abad district are showing no fear of the regime. The regime has brought tanks in the streets.”

Tehran University social sciences students join protests

Tehran University social sciences students join protests

 

Social sciences students from Tehran University have boycotted the university in solidarity with ongoing protests across the country. In a statement that has been posted in different locations in the university, the students have written:

“We the students of Tehran University, in solidarity with the protests over people’s livelihoods, will be boycotting classes from November 18, and we will continue in hopes of a better future for the poor segments of the society.”

Tehran University social sciences students join protests

Tehran University social sciences students join protests

 

 

UPDATE (12:30 PM CET):

According to NetBlocks, after 113 hours of near-total blackout, Iran’s internet connectivity has returned to a fraction of its original state.

 

 

Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and Leader of the Official Opposition, voiced his support for the protests in Iran, “who are bravely confronting their tyrannical government.” Scheer called on the Canadian government to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

 

 

More reports from Wednesday’s protests in different cities across Iran:

“In Marivan, there’s a heavy security presence and no one can even go to stores,” one protester from Marivan told the MEK. “After the people gathered at dusk, everywhere was crowded. Security forces blocked all roads. There are plenty of security forces even in the city center. We don’t know how many people were killed or injured, but no one dares go to hospitals. The officials give no figures on casualties. They want to pretend nothing happened.”

A citizen from Kermanshah said, “As far as I know, 13-14 people were killed in Kermanshah, but it’s probably a lot more. It was no longer a demonstration. The protests turned into a melee. The people had no weapons. Security forces shot each other. The bassij forces wanted to have an excuse to suppress the people… IRGC forces wearing military fatigues opened fire on the people.”

A citizen from Mamasani said, “Internet is cut off. The people demolished the banks. They wanted to take over the IRGC base, but the security forces opened fire on them. Most of the protesters were 17-25 years old. The security forces arrested five people who were injured and took them to Shiraz.”

 

9:00 AM CET:

The internet remains down for the past several days, according to Netblocks.org.

 

 

Reports from Mashhad, northeast Iran, indicate protesters torched a gas station on Wednesday. The site was located on Moalem Boulevard.

Reports from Khorramshahr, southwest Iran, indicate ongoing clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Authorities have shut down communications. Mahshahr, another city of Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran, is also the scene of constant unrest as protesters clash with the regime’s security forces. Mahshahr is being described as a “war zone.” Authorities are imposing martial law in the Kut Abdllah district of Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan Province.

Newly obtained reports indicate the Ghanavati tribe in Kut Abdullah attacked a base of the IRGC Basij and a police station on Wednesday. Two members of this tribe were killed by the regime’s security forces during clashes on Tuesday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence voiced Washington’s support for the Iranian people’s uprising.

“As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran,” he said.

 

 

Iranians have received SMS messages telling them to leave and/or refrain from entering areas that are witnessing protests, according to France 24. This is a tactic used by the Iranian regime to install fear among protesters.

A report from Tehran indicates the regime’s oppressive security forces have installed heavy machine guns on trucks, patrolling the capital in a method to install fear among the locals. The security forces have also dispatched their armed motorcycle units to escort these trucks. There are also groups of 30 or 40 motorcycles, each with two IRGC Basij members, commuting the city streets chanting pro-regime slogans to intimidate bystanders. State-run media had also placed a reporter with a camera to prepare a report for the regime’s propaganda.

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