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Iran: Protests Expand to 156 Cities in All 31 Provinces – September 27, 2022

Iran: Protests in Zarrindasht, Fars Province, central Iran – September 27, 2022
Iran: Protests in Zarrindasht, Fars Province, central Iran – September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022: Protests continued across Iran on Tuesday, September 27, marking the 12th day of this uprising against the mullahs’ regime. To this day, demonstrations and protests have been registered in more than 156 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces.

As a result of the regime’s massive crackdown measures and opening fire on demonstrators, sources associated to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are reporting more than 240 protesters have been killed and over at least 12,000 others have been arrested.

It is worth noting that despite the massive deployment of security forces into the streets, including the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the paramilitary Basij, plainclothes agents, and members and units of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the Iranian people have been continuing their rallies for days and nights, and many areas are reporting intense hit-and-run clashes between protesters and the regime’s security forces. This includes the capital Tehran and other metropolitan cities of Tabriz, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Rasht, and Karaj.

Videos obtained from Tehran’s Ariashahr on Tuesday show heavy presence of anti-riot units to prevent protests. There are numerous reports indicating that the regime is bringing in mercenaries from other countries to crack down on protests.

While the mullahs’ regime is continuing with its practice of constantly disrupting and completely cutting off internet connections parallel to their iron fist crackdown, activists and members of the PMOI/MEK Resistance Units inside Iran have been reporting ongoing protests and dozens of cities and towns across the country.

Protesters in Chabahar resist against security forces

In Chabahar, southeast Iran, a large crowd gathered to resume protest rallies. The regime’s security forces responded with firearms and live ammunition. However, protesters resisted the repressive forces and continued their rallies into the night.

Reports and videos indicate there are heavy clashes between security forces and protesters. The protesters have forced the regime’s repressive forces to retreat and have taken control of some districts.

These protests began following the death of Mahsa Amini. Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a 22-year-old woman from the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, who traveled to Tehran with her family, was arrested on Tuesday, September 13, at the entry of Haqqani Highway by the regime’s so-called “Guidance Patrol” and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency.

Protesting her arrest, Amini was severely beaten by the security forces in a van and was taken to the capital’s Kasra Hospital due to the severity of her injuries. After initial examinations, doctors declared that Amini had suffered a stroke and was brain-dead at the same time. Amini died on Friday, September 16. Shortly after, protests broke out in several cities, including Tehran and Saqqez. The protests have continued and expanded since.