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Iran: Sixth day of anti-regime protests after gas price hikes, fuel rationing

Government assets are torched across the country in Iran
Government assets are torched across the country in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 20, 2019—Demonstrations, protests and the nationwide uprising continues across Iran, entering its sixth consecutive day on Wednesday, November 20. Tehran and many other cities are witnessing continued unrest as protesters in 140 cities across the country with at least 200 killed and over 3,000 people injured by the regime’s oppressive security forces.

Protesters are specifically stating 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. The internet remains down for the past several days, according to Netblocks.org.

UPDATE (8:30 PM CET):

Protests have spread to 144 cities with 234 people killed and over 3,500 injured by the mullahs’ ruthless oppressive forces.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent a message on Wednesday, November 20, expressed her support for the brave protesters rising up across the country against the mullahs’ regime.

 

 

According to a report from Malard, near Tehran, there is no bank remaining intact and all ATM machines have also been destroyed. All administrative offices have been stormed and completely destroyed.

According to another report from Shahr-e Quds, west of Tehran, authorities are imposing martial law. Protesters had taken control over the local police station.

In Pakdasht and Varamin, southeast of Tehran, protesting youths have established roadblocks and confronted the attacks staged by the regime’s forces. In Pirouzi Street, east of Tehran, protesters took control of their districts and clashes with the regime’s state police.

In Gorgan, the protesting youth were seen clashing with the regime’s oppressive security forces.

Reports from inside the mullah’s regime indicate IRGC Colonel Sadegh Moniat was severely injured during clashes with protesters in Shadegan, southwest Iran. Various reports indicate a number of other IRGC officers have also been killed and injured in this region.

Reports from the Taleghani district of Mahshahr, southwest Iran, senior regime officials have held emergency security meetings in response to escalating unrest and clashes between protesters and the regime’s oppressive security forces. It is worth noting that the residents of Taleghani district are among the poorest in Iran and locals are very angry over poverty and cruelty imposed by the mullahs’ regime.

In Eslamshahr, protesters took to the streets in the early morning hours of Wednesday and torched a branch of the regime’s Bank Melli branch.

In Tehran, authorities dispatched a number of anti-riot units to the Sadeghiyeh district on Wednesday.

 

 

Clashes were also reported in Tehran’s Vali Asr district where protesters attacked and torched two municipality and one administrative office on Tuesday night. People from all walks of life were protesting and chanting, “Down with the dictator!” and “Mullahs’ must get lost!” Reports also indicate many protesters have been killed by the regime’s ruthless forces yet people have overcome their fears and continue with their protesters.

UPDATE (4:20 PM CET):

Reports indicate the current uprising in Iran has reached 144 cities and towns checkered across the country.

Youths in Kerman’s Haft Bagh district attacked and torched a gas station.

The atmosphere in Kamalshahr and Karaj, both located east of Tehran, are reported as “war zones” due to continuing hit and run skirmishes between protesting youths and the regime’s security forces.

People have taken complete control over the Mo’ali-abad district of Shiraz in south-central Iran.

Ahmad Tourian, the spokesman of Iran’s state police, said two members of the state security forces have been killed.

Protest in Iran after gas price hike

Protest in Iran after gas price hike

 

Reports from Ahvaz, southwest Iran, indicate the internet is shut down completely and only telephone lines are available. Conditions in Mahshahr, the petrochemical hub of the mullahs’ regime, is reported as “red” and “dangerous.” Reports show regime officials dispatched tanks and armored personnel carriers into the city on Tuesday, November 19.

People have taken control the Malasheer and Kut Abdullah districts of Ahvaz. They block roads from 8 pm afterwards and authorities dispatch security forces to use tear gas and open the paths. Other cities including Behbahan and Ramhormoz are also described as very tense.

In London, supporters of the Iranian Resistance and the PMOI/MEK held a rally on Wednesday in solidarity with the ongoing nationwide uprising inside Iran.

 

 

UPDATE (2:30 PM CET):

Netblocks.org has updated its report on the internet shutdown in Iran, saying this clampdown has continued for 90 hours.

 

 

A recent report from Shiraz, south-central Iran, indicates intense clashes continuing between protesters and the regime’s security forces. Authorities have dispatched a large number of IRGC Basij units to the city and reports indicate 15 Basij members have been killed so far, forcing authorities to dispatch Basij units from nearby cities, towns and villages to Shiraz.

Security forces are opening indiscriminate fire on protesters. Many gas stations, security vehicles and regime-linked banks have been stormed and torched by locals. Authorities even dispatched a helicopter to the Sadra district and units inside were opening fire on protesters.

A report from Dezful, southwest Iran, indicates various areas are witnessing protests, and locals have torched numerous state-run banks and a gas station.

Only two gas stations are intact in the Mohammadshahr district of Karaj. Authorities are also installing thick metal sheets on regime-linked banks to protect them from protesters.

Supporters of the Iranian Resistance and PMOI/MEK held a gathering in Austria in solidarity with the ongoing protests and uprising across Iran.

 

 

UPDATE (12:30 PM CET):

 

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting in light of the growing number of protesters being killed by the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

“In light of the growing numbers of people killed and wounded across Iran, I urge the UN Secretary General to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to brief them about the crimes of Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Tehran,” she said.

 

 

Reports from the Tehranpars district of the Iranian capital indicates clashes between protesters and the regime’s state security forces between 6 and 7 pm on Tuesday. A team of eight or nine individuals, led by a young woman, were seen chanting against the regime. They clashed with the state police dispatched to the scene.

In Shiraz, south-central Iran, four centers affiliated directly to the mullahs’ regime have been damaged by protesters, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. A report from Shiraz indicates the regime’s classic army units have not come to the aid of IRGC units and are refusing to confront protesters.

In Mahshahr, southwest Iran, clashes and sporadic protests continue as people continue to block roads and storm various government buildings.

In Dezful, also in southwest Iran, protests and clashes between locals and state police reported in the city’s Kuy-e Modares district.

In Varamin, southeast of Tehran, a number of gas stations were attacked by locals.

Around 80 state-run chain stores across the country have been severely damaged by the protesters, according to the IRGC-linked Fars news agency. Most of the supermarkets are located in cities around Tehran including Marlik, Parand, Shahriar, Robat Karim, Fardis, Malard, Shahr-e Quds, Varamin, Hassan Abad and … Another such supermarket located east of Tehran has also been stormed by protesters.

A number of regime-linked stores in Isfahan, Sarasiab in Alborz Province, Bethat in Sanandaj and Dowlat Abad in Kermanshah have been torched by angry locals.

This latest round of protests and uprising is witnessing protesters attacking sensitive military and security sites, according to a newspaper linked to the IRGC. Dozens of police stations, IRGC and Basij bases have been attacked using firearms and a variety of other weapons.

The protesters are obviously trained and are using specific tools in their attacks. They are trained in how to disable security cameras around intersections, banks and retail stores. They are organized in teams and are not fixed to a specific location, thus wearing out the security units with their constant movements, the newspaper piece adds.

Women are playing special roles in attacks targeting the women’s Basij sites and encouraging youths in these protests, according to the Fars news agency. Especially in Tehran, women appearing to be 30-35 years of age are playing special roles as leaders of these protests. These women are each pursuing different and coordinated objectives. One taking footage, another blocking vehicles and a third encouraging people to join the protests’ ranks. The high number of women taking part in these protests is an important element in encouraging the public against the regime, the piece adds.

In the cities of Malard, Robat Karim, Shahriar and Eslamshahr, all located near the capital Tehran, protesters are using firearms such as AK-47s and grenades. Many are wearing masks and even swimming goggles, increasing their resistance against tears gas.

(10:00 AM CET)

Youth in Tehran were seen blocking streets and clashing with the regime’s security forces. Clashes were also reported between protesters and the regime’s forces and plainclothes agents in a bazaar of the Naazi Abad, southern Tehran.

In the city of Dorud, western Iran, protesters attacked the regime’s administrative offices and broke its glasses. In Khorramabad, also in western Iran, youths were seen launching attacks targeting the regime’s administrative offices and state-run banks.

In the town of Pakdasht, located southeast of the Iranian capital, the mullahs’ regime has dispatched a large number of security forces and reports indicate the town has become very similar to a war zone.

In the Narmak district of Tehran, intense clashes are reported and security forces are firing bird-shots to disperse the crowd.

In Isfahan, central Iran, intense clashes are reported between the youth and the regime’s oppressive security forces. The protesters are using hit-and-run tactics to confront the regime’s vicious forces. A large retail store associated to the IRGC was also torched by protesters.

In Mariwan, western Iran, reports indicate that protests continue, and the locals are standing their ground against the regime’s oppressive forces.

In Khorramshahr, southwest Iran, protesters torched three vehicles belonging to the regime’s state police.

In various areas of Shiraz, the IRGC has stormed people’s homes and arrested their children, even as young as 12. Banks have been torched and all security cameras have been destroyed in this city and nearby towns. Intense clashes have continued late into Tuesday night in various areas and roads across the city. People are seen distributing food among the protesting youth clashing with the regime’s security forces.

In Eslamshahr, protesters continue with their uprising by torching more regime-linked banks. A member of the IRGC and Basij were killed.

The internet shut down has also raised protests among the regime’s own officials. Ali Kolahi, a member of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce voiced deep concerns in this regard. “We are having problems with exports and we currently don’t know where our shipments are currently, where our ships are… If the internet is reestablished today or tomorrow, we may be able to compensate some of our current losses. However, if the status quo continues for a long time, it will definitely be too late,” he said.

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