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Third consecutive day of protests in different Iranian cities

Isfahan, central Iran New Shapur
Isfahan, central Iran New Shapur

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

 Iran,  August 2, 2018 - Protests that started on Tuesday in different cities of Iran over high prices and economic woes entered their third day on Thursday. In Shapour, Isfahan, where protests have been raging for the past two days, demonstrators are chanting, “Don’t be afraid, we’re all together.” A large contingent of anti-riot police have surrounded the area. The demonstrators have also set vehicle tires ablaze to prevent the regime’s repressive forces from attacking and dispersing them with tear gas.

 

 

8:00 PM CET: In Tehran, protests continue in Valiasr, Park-e Daneshjou and the City Theater (Theatr-e Shahr) and Zibashahr. The protester are chanting “Death to Khamenei” and “Mullahs must get lost” and they’re clashing with security forces.

 

 

 

In Isfahan, protesters have blocked the road to Yazd. The city is filled with smoke from fires and the streets are strewn with rocks and brick bats. In the Qahdrijan district of Isfahan, protesters are clashing with the regime’s repressive security forces.

 

 

 

In Arak, night demonstrations continue. In Karaj, protesters continue to chant anti-regime slogans and resist security forces. In some periods, parts of the city were in total control and repelled security forces.

 

Arak, Iran, night demonstration, people chant anti-govenment slogans

 

 

7:00 PM CET: Ahvaz is the latest city to join the widespread protests that began this morning in different parts of Iran. People have gathered in the city’s Naderi as the sun sets. Security forces are threatening people and ordering them to disperse.

 

 

In Tehran’s Valiasr Street, clashed between protesters and security forces continue as night settles. Demonstrators have set trash bins ablaze and blocked the road to hamper the movement of security forces. People have lined up in front of anti-riot police and are preventing them from dispersing the crowd.

 

 

In Karaj, protesters are chanting “Death to dictator” and calling for unity among the people. “Don’t be afraid, we’re all together,” they say.

 

Karaj, Iran, people demonstrate against high cost of living

Karaj, Iran, people demonstrate against high cost of living

 

 

“The cry for freedom is becoming louder, and the uprising is expanding more and more every moment. There is no force more powerful than the united force of young people,” Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said in a statement in support of protesters.

 

 

 

 

6:00 PM CET: In Tehran, protesters are chanting “Death to Khamenei,” calling for the overthrow of the supreme leader, the highest authority in the Iranian regime and the symbol of the Iranian regime’s power. Protesters, mostly youth, are clashing with security forces. Videos obtained from Valiasr Street, where protests are taking place, show protesters routing security forces sent to quell the demonstrations.

 

 

Demonstrations and clashes between protesters continue in Isfahan, Shiraz, Karaj, Mashhad and Arak, other cities where protests have been ongoing during the day.

 

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of resistance of Iran, saluted the protesters who are resisting against the repression of the Iranian regime, describing them as “the representatives of a generation that wants nothing short of the freedom of their country.”

 

 

Elsewhere, in Shiraz, protesters are chanting slogans against the regime and its repressive forces. In one video obtained from the scene, protesters are saying that the mullahs must go and others are calling for Rouhani to let go of the state.

 

Shiraz, Iran, Aug 2 protest beggins with people chant anti regime slogans

Shiraz, Iran, Aug 2 protest beggins with people chant anti regime slogans

 

 

 

5:00 PM CET: Protests reach the capital. According to local reports, people have gathered at the Valiasr Street, Tehran’s longest avenue and are chanting, “Proud Iranians, support, support.” Videos posted on social media show the protesters are confronting security forces that have been dispatched to disperse protesters. Security forces have injured a young female protester, according to reports.

 

 

Since Tuesday, protests have been ongoing in several cities over economic problems and the Iranian regime’s corruption and mismanagement. Protests have quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations. Tehran has now joined seven other cities, where people have been protesting against the government and, in some cases, clashing with security forces.

 

In Mashhad, there’s heavy security presence but protesters are standing their ground and chanting, “the people won’t give in to disgrace.

 

In Isfahan, where some of the heaviest clashes have been reported, the protesters are showing no fear of security forces and resisting in organized groups, using rocks, bricks, wooden sticks and bare hands to resist.

 

In Shiraz, videos show security forces throwing tear gas at marching protesters. In Arak, protesters are chanting slogans against Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the regime, shouting, “[Khamenei] is ruling like god while the people are begging.”

 

4:00 PM CET: Protests that started this morning over economic grievances and the Iranian regime’s suppression continue in seven cities. In Shiraz, protesters are chanting “Death to dictator” and “Death to Khamenei,” the supreme leader of the regime and the person who has final say on all matters of state.

 

In Isfahan and Shiraz, the Iranian regime’s repressive forces are trying to disperse protesters with tear gas, but the protesters continue to hold their lines and are lighting fires in various parts of the city. In Isfahan, heavy clashes between protesters and security forces have been reported.

 

In Najaf Abad, the women are actively participating in the protests.

 

 

 

 

2:00 PM CET: Protests in Isfahan have turned into heavy clashes between demonstrators and state security forces. Videos obtained from Shapour, Isfahan, show that people are throwing rocks at anti-riot police. The air is thick with smoke of burnt tires.

 

In Gohardasht, Karaj, security forces are blocking the roads with concrete blocks to prevent demonstrators from gathering.

 

Protests also continue in Shiraz and Arak, where the people are chanting slogans against the regime and calling for solidarity among the people.

 

 

In recent weeks, different cities of Iran have seen protests by citizens who are fed up with the regime’s corruption, the plunging currency value, unemployment and high prices. But economic woes have triggered the protests, most demonstrations have quickly turned into anti-regime protests with slogans calling for the overthrow of the regime in its entirety.

 

 

12:00 PM CET: The people of Arak city in Markazi province have joined the widespread protests in several cities of Iran over economic grievances. Like other cities, the Iranian regime has dispatched contingents of security forces to disperse protesters. But demonstrators are confronting the regime’s repressive forces and repelling them, video obtained from the protests show. Arak is the seventh city where demonstrations have been ongoing on Thursday.

 

 

 

Other cities include Isfahan (Shapour district), Najaf Abad, Shahin Shahr, Karaj, Mashhad and Shiraz. State-run media has tried to downplay the situation.

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier today, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that the police has prevented protests from rallying in Isfahan. Meanwhile, local reports and videos posted on social media show protesters clashing with security forces. In Shiraz, protesters are chanting “Repression has no effect” and calling off the regime for spending the country’s wealth on its foreign interventions. “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran,” the protesters are chanting, a criticism of the regime’s costly meddling in the countries of the Middle East region.

 

11:30 AM CET: Sixth city joins nationwide protests. According to reports obtained from inside Iran and social media, the people of Najaf Abad, Isfahan, have also come to the streets to protest against the deteriorating economic situation. Najaf Abad is the third city of Isfahan province where protests have erupted on Thursday.

 

In Shahin Shahr and Shapour, the other cities of Isfahan where protests are ongoing, demonstrators have been resisting against security forces that have been dispatched to quell the protests.

 

 

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, hailed the protesters of Isfahan for their fearless revolt and heralded the end of the mullahs’ tyranny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 AM CET: Tensions are growing in cities where protests have been raging since this morning. According to local reports, in Mashhad, security forces opened fire on protesters and have arrested several people. The people are chanting slogans against regime officials and calling on them to resign because of their inefficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

In Shiraz, the protesters are resisting against security forces and repelling them. The protesters are calling on their fellow citizens to join the protests and are calling for more demonstrations this afternoon.

 

 

In Shahin Shahr, Isfahan, protesters are denouncing the regime’s officials for their involvement in financial corruption. The protesters are chanting, “One less case of embezzlement and our problems are solved,” a reference to the corruption of government-backed financial institutions.

 

In Shapur, Isfahan, protesters continue to set fire in the streets to block the path of security forces and prevent them from using tear gas against demonstrators.

 

 

 

 

10:30 AM CET: More cities have joined the protests that began this morning. According to reports and video obtained from inside Iran, people from two areas in Karaj, west of Tehran, have started pockets of demonstrations. In the past two days, demonstrations have been ongoing in Karaj and protesters have resisted the Iranian regime’s efforts to disperse and quell the demonstrations.

 

In Mashhad, people have gathered to protest to the high prices and the deteriorating economic situation. Protesters are shouting, “Iranians are living in misery.” The regime’s security forces are on high alert and have quickly dispatched units to suppress the protests, but the people are resisting. Addressing the security forces, one of the protesters said, “You have enough gear to crack down on protests, but when there’s an earthquake, you can’t do anything?”

 

Protests are now ongoing in five cities and four provinces.

 

10:15 AM CET: Protests which began earlier today in Shiraz and Shapour, Isfahan, have now been expanded to other cities. According to the local report, in Shahin Shahr, Isfahan, the people are gathering into groups and forming demonstrations over economic woes. The protesters are calling for their fellow citizens to join the protests against the regime.

 

In Isfahan and Shiraz, clashes have erupted between protesters and security forces dispatched to quell the demonstrations. In Isfahan, protesters have started fires to prevent security forces from using tear gas against them. In Shiraz, the protesters are chanting, “This is the month of blood, the mullahs will be overthrown.”

 

 

In Isfahan and Shiraz, clashes have erupted between protesters and security forces dispatched to quell the demonstrations. In Isfahan, protesters have started fires to prevent security forces from using tear gas against them. In Shiraz, the protesters are chanting, “This is the month of blood, the mullahs will be overthrown.”

 

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