Following a sudden rise in fuel and petrol costs carried out by the regime in Iran, the people have taken to the streets in protests. This action was carried out on Fri 15th Nov which saw fuel prices become 3x more expensive. The people began their protests against this, which started out with people switching off their engines in the streets and staging protests. Since then there has been no indication that the people will stop their protests and demonstrations any time soon despite a government crackdown.
The regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, has ordered the Revolutionary Guards and other suppressive forces to open fire on the demonstrations in different cities. The number of those killed keeps rising with the IRGC giving out a statement which warns of 'decisive action' against the protesters. The regime has also cut off the Internet completely to conceal the scope of the uprising and the scale of its brutality.
So far, the protests have spread to 180 cities with the death toll now at over 600, though reports say that the real figures are higher than this and expecting to rise. Over 4000 people have also been injured and at least 12,000 arrested.
Anglo-Iranian communities have staged daily protests outside the Iranian Regime embassy in London since Sunday 17 Nov to show solidarity with the protesters in Iran.
LATEST REPORTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY:
The regime's governor of Qods city near the capital, Tehran, recently openly expressed in an interview that she had personally warned protesters, via text messages, that they would be shot at by security forces whom she herself gave orders to. This only goes to proves that the use of such brutality by the has been a purposeful and systematic use of excessive force in a bid to scare protesters into ending their protests and uprisings.
Previously, Khamenei’s mouthpiece, the daily Kayhan, wrote on November 18, “Judicial bodies say execution by hanging for the leaders of the recent riot are certain.” The actual figure is higher. But the regime is desperately trying to conceal the true dimensions of its horrific crimes, using different tactics such as cutting off the Internet and refusing to hand over the bodies of those killed to their families or preventing funerals for them.
The wave of arrests is continuing. Tehran’s prisons, including Evin and Fashafouyeh, are overflowing with detainees and facing severe space shortages. In many cities, the detainees are being held in grade or high schools and government buildings. At the same time, the regime’s Judiciary officials in various provinces such as Tehran, Khuzestan, and Fars are speaking of holding special courts for those arrested. Speaking at Tehran’s Friday prayer Congregation on November 22, Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts’ Presidium, described those arrested as saboteurs who have waged war on God. He demanded that the Judiciary give them maximum punishment.
A list of 154 names of the victims has been revealed so far.
- The internet has been almost completely shut down, according to Netblocks. This has made it increasingly difficult to obtain information from inside the country.
- Amnesty International reports of "Video footage shows security forces using firearms, water cannons and tear gas to disperse protests and beating demonstrators with batons. Images of bullet casings left on the ground afterwards, as well as the resulting high death toll, indicate that they used live ammunition." Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International says that fears are raised of the intentional use of firearms against the protesters has become state policy.
Amnesty has also confirmed the deaths of 106 people with the toll given as such:
1- Abadan, Khuzestan province: 2
2- Ahvaz, Khuzestan province: 2
3- Bandar-e Mahshahr and its suburbs, Khuzestan province: 14
4- Behbahan, Khuzestan province: 8
5- Boukan, West Azerbaijan province: 4
6- Boumehen, Tehran province: 2
7- Esfahan, Esfahan province: 1
8- Islamshahr, Tehran province: 1
9- Javanroud, Kermanshah province: 14
10- Karaj, Alborz province: 4
11- Kermanshah, Kermanshah province: 16
12- Khoramshahr, Khorramshahr province: 3
13- Mariwan, Kurdistan province: 9
14- Ramhormoz, Khuzestan province: 6
15- Robatkarim, Tehran province: 4
16- Sadra, Fars province: 6
17- Sanandaj, Kurdistan province: 1
18- Shahriyar, Tehran Province: 1
19- Shiraz, Fars province: 6
20- Sirjan, Kerman province: 1
21- Tehran, Tehran province: 1
- Shiraz, south-central Iran: The city is falling into the hands of protesters. Members of the regime's Majlis (parliament) are acknowledging that the situation is now a "crisis."
- Tehran, security forces are shooting down on protesters from helicopters.
- In Asaluyeh, southern Iran, Bassij forces attacked a group of protesters who were blocking the Kangan road.
- Mahshahr: Severe clashes going on between security forces and protesters.
- Shiraz: All the banks in Afif Abad have been torched.
Security forces in the Mali Abad police station are shooting at protesters.
Protesters took over the Valfajar police station.
All the banks in Valfajr County have been torched.
- Report from Kermanshah says that 22 people were killed in a hospital.
- In Karaj, near the capital, at least 19 people were killed.
- Ahvaz: People are out on the streets especially in Kian Pars.
- Marivan: A curfew has been announced. A large number of security forces are being dispatched from Sanandaj.
- Isfahan: Bassij forces have been stationed in all intersections and squares to prevent gatherings. Clashes ongoing between protesters and security forces.
- Najaf Abad: The bazaar has been shut down and everyone is on strike. Protests continue.
In an article entitled 'Fears of further bloodshed in Iran as Supreme Leader brands protesters 'thugs', the Mail Online reports "Iran's supreme leader has described protesters who took to the streets at the weekend over petrol price hikes as 'thugs', raising fears of an escalation in violence.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also backed the government's decision to raise prices, saying the protesters had been pushed into violence by counterrevolutionaries and foreign enemies of Iran."