September 22, 2022: People returned to the streets in cities across Iran on Thursday, September 22, for the seventh consecutive day of anti-regime protests.
Despite the heavy presence of security forces, protesters continued their rallies and defied the regime’s repressive forces.
In Sanandaj, protesters resisted against state security forces with bare hands and rocks. It is worth noting that in recent days, the regime’s response to protests in Sanandaj and other Kurdish cities has been especially brutal and there are numerous reports of security forces using firearms and live ammunition to quell protests. At the same time, internet access has become very limited and completely cut off at different times.
In Sanandaj, where protests began in the morning, protesters continued their rallies in the afternoon, installing roadblocks and lighting fires in the streets to thwart the advance of security forces.
In Tabriz, anti-riot units lined up to put up a show of power, but protesters defied them and resumed their protests. A brave woman stepped forward and held her placard in front of security forces. Security forces pushed her aside and were met with the rage of protesters.
In Sardasht, northwest Iran, where clashes between protesters and security forces were intense in recent days, locals report that the regime has stationed the Revolutionary Guards across the city. This indicates that the anti-riot forces have failed to quell the protests.
In Eslamabad-e-Gharb, Kermanshah province, the locals overturned a police trailer in protest to the brutality of security forces toward women and demonstrators. A large crowd had gathered to resume their protests despite the heavy presence of security forces.
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.
Demonstrations in Tehran despite heavy security measures
People in Tehran gathered for the seventh day of protests on Thursday, September 22.
Keshavarz Blvd: Protesters chanting “The supreme leader is a disgrace!”
Vali Asr St: Protesters chanting “Death to dictator” and “I will kill those who killed my sister!”
Beheshti Metro Station: Protesters chanting, “Proud Iranians, support! Support!”
Protesters were chanting, “Death to the dictator!” in every corner of the city.
Anti-regime rallies continue into the night
September 22, 2022: Protests that began in the morning continued into the night.
In Oshnavieh, security forces opened fire on demonstrators. The protesters resisted and chanted, “Death to the dictator!”
In Babol despite heavy presence of security forces and severe repression in previous nights, protesters continued their rallies and chanted “Death to Khamenei!” and “Khamenei is a disgrace!”
In Kashmar, gunshots were heard as security forces tried to disperse protesters. But rallies continued late into the night.
In Malayer, protesters remained in the streets late into the night and chanted “Death to the dictator!”
In Hamedan, protesters were chanting, “Mullahs must get lost!”
Tehran: Protests continue late into the night
September 22, 2022: Protests that began in Tehran in the morning continued into the night. Security forces were seen opening fire on protesters and bystanders. Elsewhere, a vehicle of security forces was set on fire.
In Sadeghiyeh district, protesters were chanting, “Death to the dictator!”
Elsewhere, protesters chanted, “Rape, crimes, death to the mullahs’ regime!”
Iran Protesters resist against security forces
September 22, 2022: During Thursday’s protests in Iran, locals in different cities resisted against security forces dispatched to suppress them. Security forces and anti-riot units were routed in different cities as protesters refused to give ground and continued their rallies.
Mass protests continue in Tehran
September 22, 2022: Protests in Tehran continued late into the night despite heavy presence of security forces and measure to quell protests. Protesters chanted slogans against regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei and set fire to his posters in different locations.
These protests began on Friday, September 16, after Mahsa Amini, 22, died of wounds she had suffered at the hands of the Iranian regime’s “morality police,” which had arrested her on charges of violating “hijab rules.”
The incident sparked outrage and protests that have spread to more than 100 cities across Iran.