Based partially on reporting by PMOI (MEK) Network in Iran — Monday, December 5, 2022
- Days: 81
- Protests: 280 cities
- Fatalities: 700+ estimated deaths, 565 identified by MEK
- Detentions: 30,000+
Underground calls across Iran for three days of national protest targeting the regime of Ali Khamenei have developed into a massive and expansive strike that swept across scores of cities with commercial centers and bazaars in more than 40 areas of Tehran alone being affected.
Protesters have called for December 5th to be a National Day of Strikes, December 6th to be a National Day of Neighborhood Protests, and December 7th, coinciding with Student’s Day, being a day of national protests converging on major streets and city centers.
The call has mobilized thousands of activists across the country through social media as underground youth associations in more than 30 cities banded together to spearhead the call to businesses to close.
The antigovernment protests are being carried out under severe repression and leaders and Resistance Units cannot be expected to openly announce their identity. All independent groups and political parties have been banned and outlawed by the illegitimate regime long ago. The grassroot Resistance Units and youth now actively organizing and making the calls for protests represent a popular opposition under the skin of Iran’s cities. The mobility, dexterity, distribution, and high-tech methods of protesters in various neighborhoods to reach a wide audience, inform Iranians and the world while protesting, and evade capture by suppression forces has now turned into a huge security problem for the regime’s exasperated authorities who cannot seem to find an effective way to quell the uprising.
Today hundreds of video reports surfaced from an estimated 80 cities of massive commercial strikes, some of which have been posted on the PMOI Twitter account.
Meanwhile, nighttime protests have already begun with an energetic crowd cursing the supreme leader of the regime and calling for his downfall in many areas of Tehran, including in the Ekbatan district, Towhid Metro Station, Shariati district, Shariati Metro Station, Sadeghiyeh Metro Station, Niayesh highway, Sattar khan district, Haft Howz district. Protests have also begun in Isfahan, Amol, Karaj, Arak, Mashhad, Hamedan, Zanjan, Shiraz, and Ilam.
NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi saluted the Bazaar merchants across Iran who went on strike and joined university students and other social strata to support the protests. The revolution in Iran will be victorious, she stressed.
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