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Iran: Sixteenth day of nationwide protests after gas price hikes, fuel rationing

Iran protests 2019
Iran protests 2019

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 30, 2019—The uprising in Iran is alive and active as reports show the unrest enduring into the sixteenth consecutive day on Saturday, November 30. Authorities are taking no chances and imposing martial law style conditions in the Iranian capital Tehran and cities across the country. The Iranian people have risen in at least 182 cities, towns and villages across Iran.

The network affiliated directly to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside the country confirms at least 450 people are accounted for as killed by regime authorities, along with over 4,000 people injured. Reports also indicate at least 10,000 protesters were arrested. The final statistics could, unfortunately, be far higher.

The Iranian resistance has so far gathered and published the names of 179 protesters killed by security forces.

Protesters are specifically voicing political demands directly protesting the mullahs’ rule by strongly criticizing senior regime officials and the entire mullahs’ apparatus. In their slogans, protesters are demanding the toppling of the Iranian regime and placing their crosshairs on the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as the root of the Iranian people’s ongoing miseries.

Due to the regime's continued clampdown on internet services, news and videos from the protests continue to trickle out of the country with much delay.

According to new reports received from protests that took place on Wednesday and Thursday night, brave youths in the city of Birjand, eastern Iran, launched a night rally chanting, “Down with the dictator,” referring directly to Khamenei, and “Viva Freedom!”

Eyewitness reports from Shahriar, west of Tehran, indicate youth protesting and clashing with the regime’s oppressive state security forces on Thursday, November 28. Other reports from Tehran indicate the sound of sporadic gunfire was heard from the Sadeghiyeh district on Thursday night.

A report from Karaj, west of Tehran, indicates 120 youth arrested during the recent uprising are being held in ward 8 of Gohardasht Prison. This ward is known as the “IRGC ward” and is currently under the control of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Yadollah Javani, the IRGC deputy in political affairs, described the recent protests as “unprecedented,” especially the scope of the uprising spreading across the country. “Protests began from midnight Friday, November 15, and continued on a massive scale on Saturday and Sunday, spreading to 29 provinces and hundreds of cities,” he said. “One of these provinces was Isfahan where protests and clashes were reported in 110 different areas. This was the third most active province after Fars and Tehran provinces. The 2009 and Dec 2017/Jan 2018 seditions were far smaller than the recent events. This was unprecedented in the past 40 years.”

Italy’s AGI news agency issued a report citing numbers published by the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), especially victims such as 17-year old Sasan Abdivand, who was killed by the regime’s security forces. Concerns are escalating among international human rights organizations over the fate of those arrested during these protests, especially after the regime’s religious figures called for the execution of protest leaders.