Based partially on reporting by PMOI (MEK) Network in Iran
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
- Days: 69
- Protests: 249 cities
- Fatalities: 640+ estimated deaths, 516 identified by MEK
- Detentions: 30,000+
As university and school protests, and bazaar strikes continued in Iran, and as nightly protests in dozens of neighborhoods are expected again, there is talk of a protest mobilization in support of the people of Kurdistan during the next three days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. According to reports from Tehran, there were protests in at least 11 different locations in the capital Tehran, including in the Moshiriyeh district, as well in Zahedan, and Qom. Throughout Wednesday, Tehran’s bazaar was the scene of a continuing strike and protests.
A new feature of the uprising is an escalation in Molotov Cocktail attacks on regime centers of suppression in major cities such as Mashhad, Hamedan, Tehran, Qom, and others. The centers targeted are used to concentrate regime forces and launch attacks on protesters and are used as logistics bases and sometimes as temporary detention centers by security forces.
On Wednesday morning merchants and storeowners in many cities continued their general strike. Strikes were reported in the cities of Javanrud, Piranshahr, Bukan, Kamyaran, Urmia, Saqqez, Oshnavieh, and Salas-e Babajani, among others. Professors and students at Kurdistan University continued their boycott of classes today and condemned the regime’s lethal crackdown against Kurdish cities.
In other such protests, workers of the South Aluminum Corporation in the city of Lamerd in south-central Iran also went on strike today. In Qazvin, workers of the Bahman Diesel Company went on strike on Wednesday.
Students of Amir Kabir University in Tehran boycotted their classes and protested the arrest of a large number of their classmates by the authorities. Also in the country’s capital, students of the Pars Higher Education Institute of Art and Architecture are continuing the nationwide protests. Students of Tehran’s Allameh Tabataba’i University were also seen holding an anti-regime gathering and chanting “Poverty! Corruption! Injustice! Down with this tyranny!”
In Mashhad, people attending the funeral of Javad Asadzadeh, a local killed recently by the regime’s security forces, began chanting anti-regime slogans. Security forces
At the same time, in a sharp escalation of suppression, the regime has formally deployed uniformed military units to various cities and regions in Western Azerbaijan and Kurdistan provinces. Members of the regime’s parliament (Mohammad Esmail Kowsari, former commander of the IRGC’s Sarallah Headquarters tasked with the capital’s security and MP from Tehran) also confirmed the dispatch of IRGC Ground Forces to Kurdish areas to crack down on protesters.
Other reports indicate that IRGC ground forces have closed a major transit route to Iraq at the Haj Omran Border Crossing, stationed heavy weapons and a significant number of troops, and are preparing for ground operations inside Iraqi Kurdistan, in yet another foreign adventure aimed at diverting attention from the uprising raging in Iran.
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