Following the wave of national and international support for Taraneh Alidusti, more than 600 artists around the world signed an open letter demanding the actor's release as soon as possible. The signatories, including American actor and producer Mark Ruffalo, emphasized the right to peaceful protest for everyone, including Alidusti.
The names of prominent figures in world cinema, including British director Ken Loach, famous Hollywood director Alfonso Cuarón, French actress Juliette Binoche, and Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, can be seen in this letter.
After holding the 40th memorial ceremony for the victims of Semirom city on December 29, the repressive forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tore the banners of the victims. In protest against this move, people gathered in front of the governor's office on December 31 and chanted slogans against the government. This protest rally turned violent with the use of bullets by the security forces.
People were in control of different parts of the city until one of the suppression forces was killed. The released videos showed that after the protests, government agents continued shooting throughout the night.
When the situation in the city calmed down a bit, the officers attacked the houses of the families of several of the dead and protesters at 5 AM and beat them. Despite the people's resistance, the officers have arrested at least Ali Abbasi's sister and Murad Bahramian's two brothers who were killed in the protests.
The internet situation in Semirom is not good, and the possibility of communication with the outside is limited. In the following days, it was announced on social networks that more than one thousand fully armed forces were sent to Semirom and deployed in the clinic, and welfare, in front of the municipality and important areas of this city to oppress the protesters.
At the beginning of 2023, prominent opposition figures of the Islamic Republic, who live abroad, simultaneously published a Twitter message to show their unity to accompany the revolution of the Iranian people. In this message, they announced that the new year is the year in which "freedom and justice" will be realized in Iran. This message raised the morale of the protestors and was a big alarm for the regime, which responded by severely restricting the internet. In a media interview, these people invited political parties to form a coalition to take over the task of planning and to lead the revolution.
Mohammad Moradi, a 38-year-old student of history, who lived in Lyon, France, committed suicide on Monday in the Rhone River, which passes through Lyon, to attract the attention of the West. French police found his lifeless body on Tuesday.
In a recorded video, he announced that he made this decision in total physical and mental health, and despite enjoying his life in France as a free citizen, by donating his life, he wanted to show the importance of the lives that are in danger in Iran. This action spread widely in the media and social networks. It is interesting to note that in 1943, Szmul Zygielbojm committed suicide in order to protest the inaction of the western Allies to the situation of Polish Jews under Nazi Germany in the middle of the Holocaust.
The wife and child of Ali Daei, the great Iranian football manager and former player, boarded the plane to travel to Dubai after going through legal procedures. But the plane of Mahan airline was returned to Iran from Dubai and landed on Kish Island. The agents of the regime took Ali Daei's wife and child off the plane. The judiciary of the Islamic Republic announced the reason for this action was Ali Daei's support for popular protests and joining nationwide strikes. To put pressure on this football legend, the regime has banned him and his family from leaving the country.
The US Congress has passed the "Masih Ali Najad's HUNT" act. Under this law, mandatory sanctions are imposed against Iranian officials responsible for the ongoing suppression of human rights in Iran and foreign banks that do business with these sanctioned individuals.
The approved law is also known as the "HUNT" law and sanctions against foreign persons or institutions that act on behalf of the Iranian government and are involved in persecuting certain individuals such as human rights activists.
Masih Alinejad is a journalist and women's rights activist who left Iran and the regime planned to kill her in America but failed. Kidnapping, execution, and assassination are the methods used by the Islamic regime to suppress the opponents, among whom are Ruhollah Zam, the Forohar family, Fereydoun Farrokhzad, and Shapour Bakhtiar.
In response to the severe repression of protesters in Iran, the German government announced that it will suspend the financial guarantees and export credit guarantees that were approved for trade and investment in Iran. In addition, the German Economy Minister announced the suspension of other economic frameworks with Iran, including negotiations in the field of energy, due to the "very serious situation" in Iran.
Investment guarantees are granted to German companies that invest directly in other countries in order to protect against political risks. Germany is Iran's largest economic partner in the European Union. This country has exported goods worth 1.2 billion euros to Iran from January to October 2022. The import of this country from Iran was about 260 million euros.
Various reports indicate that the detainees of the protests are subjected to severe mental and physical torture. The human rights organization Hengaw reported that a citizen from Sanandaj named Sirvan Mohammadi is being tortured to obtain a forced confession. This young man from Sanandji was subjected to physical and mental torture to confess to "receiving money from anti-regime movements based in Europe".
Ali Sharifzadeh Ardakani, Mohammad Hosseini's lawyer, wrote that after meeting him in Karaj prison, Mohammad told him about the tortures. About the beating blindfolded with tied hands and feet, kick to the head and going unconscious, and the iron rod to the soles of the feet and shocks in different parts of the body. Accordingly, his confessions were under torture and should not have any legal value.
Mohammad Hajirasulpour was a former political prisoner who was arrested again during the recent protests in Bukan. He fell into a coma due to torture in prison and died in hospital. According to doctors, he was admitted to the intensive care unit, where he died five days later due to the severity of the injuries caused by the torture on Sunday, December 18.
Vajihe Parizanganeh, a graphic artist and illustrator from Isfahan, who has been arrested since October 9, has been sentenced to six years in prison for embroidering the words "Blood must be wept" on her clothes.
Pari Zanganeh put the words of Ali Khamenei, who said, "Blood must be wept over the Islamic society that even the possibility of someone like me is raised in it", as the basis of her performance with the phrase "Blood must be wept" and embroidered it on her dress. In the court, this action was presented as one of her main accusations and led to the issuing of a prison sentence for this artist.
More than two thousand artists and civil activists in Iran have launched a campaign demanding the release of Vajihe and emphasized that "Vajihe Parizanganeh was arrested and imprisoned following civil protests."
Although slogans against Ali Khamenei were chanted many times by protesters during the protests of previous years, but since the beginning of nationwide protests following the killing of Mahsa Amini, the focus of protesters' slogans throughout Iran has been against Ali Khamenei.
The judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran took a number of those arrested in nationwide protests under the title of "Reconstruction of the scene of the murder of Arman Aliverdi", a Basij member who lost his life during the protests, to Ekbatan settlement. Arman Aliverdi, a 21-year-old member of Basij and a resident of Shahran neighborhood in the west of Tehran, was injured during a mission to confront protesters in Ekbatan in late October, and then died in the hospital.
State media have published pictures showing several people, including a girl, in prison uniforms in Ekbatan. State news agency IRNA wrote: "The investigation of the crime scene was conducted with the presence of the case investigator, the crime scene detection team of the judiciary and the intelligence police of Greater Tehran in Ekbatan settlement."
According to this report, during the reconstruction of the scene of the killing of Arman Alivardi, "the defendants in the case explained their actions on the night of the incident".
The residents of Ekbatan neighborhood have been active durting the uprising since the beginning. It seems that this move of the regime was mainly arranged to form terror.
The New York Times published a report on the Iranian regime with the title that Iran (Islamic Republic) uses rape to enforce the women's modesty. The Iranian regime uses rape systematically to suppress protesters.
A 14-year-old girl named Masoume from a poor neighborhood in Tehran, who protested by removing her scarf, was identified and arrested with the school's security cameras. Shortly after her arrest, she was taken to the hospital for a severe vagenal tears. Masoumeh died as a result of her injuries. Her mother, who said she wants to go public, has disappeared eversince.
Since the beginning of the movement, many reports have been heard about the rape of women and the sexual harassment of men by regime repression agents. Armita Abbasi is one of the victims of these atrocities and she is still in prison, no news has been heard about her for a long time. According to New York Times, it is difficult to verify reports of sexual violence because of victims' sense of shame and fear. CNN reported that authorities sometimes film rapes to blackmail protesters into silence. In many cases, the victims of the regime's rape have been reported to have died shortly after going to hospital.
Taraneh Alidousti, a film and television actor, was arrested. She joined the nationwide protests on November 9 by publishing a photo without the mandatory hijab and was arrested today after the search of her home. In a short phone call, she informed her father that she is in the 209th Ward of Evin. The Judiciary News Agency announced that this famous movie actor was arrested due to "allegations without providing documents". Alidousti supported the current protest movement and wrote in response to the execution of Mohsen Shekari: "Now sit down and wait for the consequences of this bloodshed."
After the arrest of Taraneh Alidousti, Instagram disabled her account. This action has been accompanied by rage in the government media. They asked why Instagram does not cooperate with the Iranian police but helps the detainees.
The morning after Taraneh Alidousti's arrest, a group of actors and her friends gathered in front of Evin prison to follow up on her condition. Rakhshan Banietamed, Peyman Maadi, Sahar Dolatshahi, Shahab Hosseini, Leyli Rashidi, Mina Akbari, Hengameh Ghaziani, Mitra Hajjar, Ghazal Shakeri, Amir Hossein Fathi and Saeed Rustae were among these people. Hamid Alidousti, the former player of the national football team and the father of Taraneh, were also among the crowd.
In a tweet, the French Cannes Film Festival strongly condemned the arrest of Taraneh Alidousti, who was also present at this year's festival and demanded her release. The Cannes Film Festival announced its full support for Alidosti's peaceful activities for women's freedom and rights.
Since the beginning of nationwide protests in Iran, a large number of artists in various fields have been arrested. khaneh Cinema, the union organization of cinematographers in Iran, announced in a report on November 23 that 100 artists were arrested or banned from leaving the country. "Tomaj Salehi", "Soheila Golestani", "Hamid Azarpour", "Ali Shademan" and many other artists are still in detention and are facing heavy charges.
The head of justice of Alborz province confirmed the death of one person while giving conflicting explanations about the unrest in Karaj Central Prison. Hrana says that 100 people were injured in the shooting of guards and prison guards.
Hossein Fazli Harbakandi, Chief Justice of Alborz, called the cause of the prisoner's death "stone throwing by others". He had previously claimed that nothing special happened in Karaj Central Prison and the situation is calm. At first, he told the media that the news about the Karaj prison were "pure lies" and "the claims of the anti-regime media" and that the prison and the prisoners were in peace and in perfect health.
Hrana human rights news agency wrote: "Prison officials were transporting 4 prisoners sentenced to death to carry out their sentences, when they were met with protests and shouting slogans by a number of prisoners stationed in halls 2, 3 and 5." The protest of the prisoners turned into a conflict and violence with the intervention of the guard, and more than 100 prisoners were injured. The prison guards resorted to shooting to suppress the protest." Some of those sentenced to death in the memorial of Najafi Hadith case are in this prison and there is no information about their conditions.
A day after the tension in Karaj Central Prison, Qaemshahr Prison was also the scene of unrest. The Chief Justice of Mazandaran, without announcing the reason, announced that a number of prisoners of a ward got into a fight for an hour. However, social media users have written that the prisoners rioted after the punishment of a convict was announced. It has been said that this prisoner will be executed on Monday December 19.
In several days, the international community witnessed widespread activity to prevent the execution of Iranian football player, Amir Nasr Azadani. He is the former player of the Tractor Cultural Sports Economic Club in the Premier League of Iran, is still at risk of execution by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
This 26-year-old professional footballer from Isfahan was arrested in Isfahan on November 18 this year after participating in mass protests in Iran against the government of the Islamic Republic. Amir Nasr was arrested on the charge of being a member of an armed group. It is said that the main charge against him is Muharebeh and the punishment considered for this crime is the death sentence. Human rights organizations and civil activists believe that the charges against him are false and fabricated by the judiciary of the Islamic Republic.
Andreas Larm, a member of the German Parliament from the Social Democrats faction, has taken over the political support of Amir Nasr Azadani and demanded his release.
Several athletes and international sports unions protested the possibility of the execution of Amir Nasr. The campaign for his release, which started in Spain and was reposted by famous Colombian singer Shakira on Twitter, became viral and more than 1 million people signed it.
The body of Aida Rostami, a general practitioner, was handed over to her family a day after she went missing with the claim of a "car accident". But the family of this young doctor reported that signs of abuse, torture and assault were observed on her body and they were informed that their child was murdered.
It has been said that she went house to house in Ekbatan wherever she was needed and helped the injured and those affected during the Iranian uprising who refused to go to the hospital because of the possibility of arrest.
The medical examiner was ordered to declare the cause of death as "collision with a hard object" in the death certificate and the cause of death as "accident" to her family. Following the publication of news about this suspicious death and the possibility that she was killed by government forces, the next day the judiciary stated the cause of death as "falling from an overpass" following a "verbal and physical argument with a man".
Society of Students Against Poverty reacted to the death of Aida Rostami by publishing a statement. In this statement, it is stated about Aida Rostami that in addition to her continuous cooperation with the treatment group in the Kermanshah earthquake, she did many humanitarian therapeutic activities, like examining children in the suburbs.
The lifeless body of Donya Farhadi, a 22-year-old girl, and an architecture student, was found in the Karun river after eight days after her disappearance. According to her friends, this female student was an active participant in the protests and disappeared on the coastal boulevard of Ahvaz on December 7. The last contact she had with her family was at 10:00 p.m. After 8 days of searching by her parents and famuly members, her body was found in the river.
Her cousin tweeted: "My 22-year-old cousin Donya Farhadi disappeared for 5 days, and according to some passers-by, she fell into the Karun river. More than 200 members of the family have been waiting under the cable bridge for 5 days..."
The Islamic Republic has claimed that this 22-year-old student from Izeh and a resident of Ahvaz jumped from the bridge into the Karun river and committed suicide. A blatantly false claim to cover up another crime and murder.
Hamid Farrokhnejad, a famous actor of Iranian cinema, attacked Ali Khamenei by publishing posts on his Instagram page. Farrokhnejad wrote: "Ali Khamenei, you were not a good dictator for us, at least be a dictator with character for your own sake." Farrokhnejad compared Khamenei with other dictators such as Franco, Mao, Stalin and Mussolini, and wrote that Khamenei is "mentally ill" just like his "colleagues".
This action of Farrokhnejad was met with the anger of the supporters of the leader of the Islamic Republic. In response to his words, the state news agency IRNA wrote that the actor was in Iran until four days ago, but he was forbidden to leave and the judiciary allowed him to leave with a commitment. A few days later, Farrokhnejad rejected this claim regarding the commitment. This news agency also wrote that "there will be problems" for the works in which Hamid Farrokhnejad acted.
In response to Hamid Farrokhnejad's association with the revolutionary uprising of the Iranian people and calling Ali Khamenei a dictator, Mohammad Khazaei, the director of the Cinema Organization, addressed him and said: "You have no right to insult our leader, elder and mentor. This is still the Islamic Republic."
Farrokhnejad later wrote in one of his Instagram stories: "How sad your situation is that you continue your oppressive rule by threatening and taking hostages." Earlier, Hamid Farrokhnejad announced that he was summoned twice to the intelligence agencies for supporting the protests.
In an effort to suppress the revolutionary uprising of the people in Iran, the agents of the Islamic Republic displayed naked and full-scale violence. According to the research of one of the Iranian news agencies abroad, called Iran International, evidence has been obtained that shows that the repression forces of the regime use Captagon (Fenethylline) psychedelic pills, known as Jihadi pills, to overcome the fear of the people and increase the power of repression. Produced by Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, and widely smuggled with the cooperation of Hezbollah and IRGC.
Dr. Hashem Mousavi reported about the unusual condition of the officers at a hospital in Gorgan. He mentioned that the officers had special mental states that even the commanders could hardly control the officers. Even some of the suppression forces suffered drug poisoning and died by overdose with these pills. Several doctors and psychiatrists have confirmed the use of Captagon or a psychoactive substance closely related by suppressors.
Voting for the removal of the Islamic Republic from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was held on this day at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, ECOSOC, in New York. 29 countries out of 52 members present in this meeting of the commission voted in favor of expelling Iran and 8 countries voted against. 16 countries also abstained.
Russia, Syria, China, Oman and Venezuela were among the countries that voted against the removal of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women. The argument of the opposing countries was that because Iran became a member of this commission by voting and the majority of the members of the commission voted positively for Iran's membership in March, the removal of the Islamic Republic in this way is not correct.
The resolution proposed by the United States was prepared after many human rights organizations demanded the expulsion of the Islamic Republic from the United Nations Commission on Women. Last month, a group of prominent women in the political and social fields have written a letter calling for the withdrawal of the Islamic Republic of Iran from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
In this meeting, the American representative called Iran's presence in the United Nations Commission on Women a "disgrace" on the lap of this institution.
On December 15, Nasser Kanani, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic, strongly condemned this expulsion. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the total of 24 countries that did not support this resolution (eight opposed and 16 abstained).
This decision has now been widely welcomed by many world leaders who emphasize their continued support for the people in Iran. Among them, Canada's foreign minister tweeted: "Brave people of Iran, if the regime doesn't hear your voice, we will."
The Tasnim news agency, close to the IRGC, aired a forced confession video of five sportsmen and nature tourists in Shiraz, and called them terrorists who intended to blow up a spot in Shiraz city. So far, no news has been published about the trial of these people, but this news agency close to the IRGC has released the video of their forced confession in an unprecedented situation, with handcuffs and blindfolds facing the camera. None of these people had the right to access a lawyer.
Human rights activist Reza Ekvanian tweeted the confessions of Dena Sheybani, a snowboard instructor and graphic artist, Hessam Mousavi, a rock climbing instructor, Amir Arsalan Mahdavi, a snowboard instructor, Eshraqh Najaf Abadi, a cycling instructor, and Mohammad Khiveh, a mountaineer and nature hiker. He mentioned that their confessions are forced and they may face heavy sentences based on them.
It seems that the security system is laying the groundwork for issuing heavy sentences to these people and has mentioned them with illogical and meaningless titles such as "responsible for advertising and testing operations".
These people were arrested at different times and cities and then transferred to Shiraz. Dena Sheybani was in custody under physical and mental torture to confess against herself and accept responsibility for the "bombing" in Shiraz, while she had traveled to Qeshm some time ago to meet her sister and was detained there.
Hrana, the organization of human rights activists in Iran, updated its latest statistics related to the uprising. According to the findings of this human rights source, the number of people killed from 17 September to 13 December 1401 has reached 493 and the number of detainees has reached 18,424. In this report, it is mentioned that 632 students were arrested and it is stated that at least 144 universities were the scene of student protest gatherings during this period. Harana's statistics show that the number of people killed is increasing day by day and the arrest of students has increased especially in the last 11 days.
Mashallah Karami, the father of Mohammad Mehdi Karami, a young protester who was accused of "corruption on Earth" and the judiciary issued a death sentence to him, told a newspaper that his son's public defender has not answered his calls in the past week.
His father said that the prison supervisor and assistant prosecutor did not answer him, and the assigned public defender avoided even giving the address of his office. He begged to give his son life imprisonment but not to execute him: "My son has several national championships in karate. I am a street vendor and I raised him with the bread of labor. If something happens to Mehdi, our lives will also end."
Mashallah Karmi says that the person in charge of his son's case said about his request for a sentence other than death: "Are you willing to question the verdict of God and the Prophet?"
Mohammad Mahdi Karmi's father says that the judiciary had informed Mr. Karmi's family that they could have a chosen lawyer, but after introducing Mohammad Hossein Aghasi as the chosen lawyer, the judicial authorities did not allow Mr. Aghasi access to the case. He has already announced that the trial of his client was conducted without his presence.
Mohammad Mahdi Karmi told his family that during his arrest, he was beaten so that he was unconscious and the government forces thought that he was dead and "threw his body around the Nazarabad court, but when they left him there, they found out that he was still alive." He also said that government agents threatened to rape him by touching his genitals every day during his detention.
Three representatives of the German Parliament have announced that they will use all their efforts to prevent the execution of the death sentences against Toomaj Salehi, Saman Yassin, and Mohammad Boroughani. They have considered it their duty to inform and clarify the situation of all the detainees of the current protest movement and demand a fair trial and humane treatment of them in the prisons of the Islamic Republic. Ye-One Rhie, a representative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in the Federal Parliament, has announced that she will take over the political sponsorship of Toomaj Salehi. Many other politicians in Germany also sponsored other Iranian prisoners to closely follow their case.
The International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) has called for cooperation and acceptance of political sponsorship of political prisoners in Iran, especially those under 18, and asks politicians and the global civil society to defend them. So far, this organization has initiated more than 110 sponsorships for Iranian political prisoners and has successfully participated in their release in many cases.
As a political supporter, members of parliament select a specific political prisoner and use their political weight to campaign for his or her freedom. This is mainly done by the member of parliament addressing the ambassador and the relevant government and writing questions about the political prisoner.
Simultaneously with the execution of Mohsen Shekari, Shadman Ahmadi, a 22-year-old man, died under the torture of the Islamic Republic on December 8, just a few hours after his arrest in Dehgolan. After being abducted by the security forces of the Islamic Republic, Shadman Ahmadi was killed in the Dehgolan police station and under torture. Videos of his body being washed have been published, which are said to be related to his bath and burial ceremony. In these videos, many bruises can be seen on his body and it seems that there are scars on the face as well.
For the second time, at the same time as one of the protestors was executed, one of the detainees died under torture in Kurdistan. Shahryar Adeli, 27 years old, from Sardasht, died on December 12 due to severe physical torture in the detention center of the Intelligence Department of this city. Shahryar was released on bail on December 3, while he was in a "serious condition" due to torture, and died of his injuries after being transferred to Sardasht Hospital. The security agents have threatened Shahriar's family to announce the cause of his death as "cardiac arrest". In the picture published by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network of this citizen's body, the marks of severe torture are evident on his body.
Majidreza Rahnavard, a wrestler, was executed in Mashhad in public. He was tortured and forced to confess. He was arrested on November 17 and executed in public after only 23 days. The judiciary accused him of "killing two Basij members". After the execution of the sentence, Gholam Ali Sadeghi, the head of justice of the province, thanked the police and security officers for "establishing order and security and dealing with rioters and lawbreakers".
The Judiciary Media has published a video of his court session in which Majid Reza, with a broken hand, confesses. But in the same video, images of the street and the person who attacked are also shown, in which the identity of the attacker is not clear. During the trial, he was accused of killing two Basij members and injuring 4 others during the uprising, without going through the legal formalities, and he was deprived of the opportunity to defend himself in court and the right to use a lawyer.
When Majid Reza was in prison, they took his mother to visit him, but they did not talk about the execution, and his mother left with the hope that her son would be released soon. The 1500 Tasvir account wrote that at seven in the morning, his family was informed that Majid Reza was executed and buried in plot 66 of Behesht Reza. The security forces of the government prevented the presence of a large number of people who intended to participate in his mourning ceremony.
Pictures of the residence of Majid Reza Rahnavard's family in Mashhad have been published on social networks, which show that the windows of his house were broken and slogans against him were written on the wall and in his house by the security forces.
A few days after his execution, a video of Majid Reza was published by media affiliated with the Islamic Republic. In this video, while his hand was broken, he was blindfolded and several security forces surrounded him, the radio reporter asked him what he wrote in his will and he said: "Where should they bury me and I don't want them to cry at the grave.", I don't like to be prayed and recited Quran on my grave. ... be happy and play happy songs."
Following the execution of Mohsen Shekari, this is the second execution among those arrested in nationwide protests against the Islamic Republic. The execution of Majid Reza Rahnavard faced a reaction in social media. The heavy shadow of the execution hangs over the heads of many other youths who have been arrested and has worried many.
French and German Foreign Ministers Catherine Colonna and Annalena Baerbock announced in a joint tweet on Saturday that Paris and Berlin presented the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law to Mahsa Amini and Iranian women. This award was given to them to "celebrate the struggle of these women for freedom".
Catherine Colonna said the slogan "woman, life, freedom" is universal and all human beings shout it. Without "freedom" there is no right for women, and the people of Iran are looking for a normal life without discrimination and government violence with the cry of "life". She considered the awarding of this award to honor the memory of those killed in these protests, including dozens of children.
The next day on December 12, Nasser Kanani, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic, condemned the awarding of this award to Mahsa Amini and Iranian women in a tweet. Kanani has called France and Germany "violators of the rights of the Iranian people".
In the joint statement of China and Saudi Arabia, which was published during Xi Jinping's visit to Riyadh, Iran was asked to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and respect good neighborliness and not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. Chinese and Saudi leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program. This meeting took place without the presence of a representative from Iran.
Relations between Beijing and Riyadh have become closer in recent years. For Saudi Arabia, China is an important trading partner and the largest buyer of crude oil. China, along with Russia, is one of the main allies of Iran in the nuclear conflict of the Islamic Republic.
In the final statement of their joint meeting, the leaders of China and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf called for a "peaceful solution to the issue of the three islands" between Iran and the UAE, and other issues were also mentioned that were not pleasing to Tehran's authorities. This incident once again revealed the incorrectness of the calculations of the Islamic Republic regarding the reliance on China's cooperation. Iran's Foreign Ministry expressed its displeasure with this statement in a "meeting" (not a call) with the Chinese ambassador.
Following the joint statement of China and Saudi Arabia, which was considered interference in Iran's internal affairs, the spokesperson of Iran's Foreign Ministry said that this country has given a note of protest and a delegation from China will enter Iran. But many news agencies criticized the government's soft response to China.
Finally, the Chinese government sent an official who was recently dismissed from the high ranks of power to Tehran to meet with Ebrahim Raisi, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on Tuesday, December 22. This could be an indication that Beijing wants to keep its distance from a country that is embroiled in widespread unrest.
Shademan Ahmadi, 34 years old, was killed under torture a few hours after being arrested by the forces of the Iranian intelligence department. Shademan Ahmadi was abducted from his home by the Iranian intelligence forces on Thursday afternoon and killed under torture by these forces a few hours after the abduction.
Mohsen Shekari, 23 years old, one of the arrestees of the recent protests, who was mentioned in the official news published as "the rioter of Sattar Khan Street", was executed on this day in Tehran. According to the court reports, Mohsen Shekari tried to close Sattarkhan Street on October 3rd and also injured one of the officers.
This morning, while only two and a half months had passed since his arrest, his sentence was executed. Mohsen Shekari was deprived of having an appointed lawyer during the court hearings, and the whole process of his arrest and interrogation was opaque and against the legal standards. In his case, according to the court, only one officer was injured and no one else was hurt. He was convicted of "waging war against god" because he had blocked a street.
According to his cellmates, Mohsen worked in a cafe and was fond of computer games. Due to the regime's threats, Mohsen's family did not publish news about his arrest and he was almost unknown until his execution.
TIME magazine chose Iranian women as "Heroes of the Year" in 2022. The New York-based magazine has been announcing a "person of the year" for decades, but in recent years it has also started naming "heroes" for their contributions to humanity. This year, the magazine depicted on its cover a photo of three unveiled young Iranian women, locking arms in defiance of the country's rulers. Wearing head covering is mandatory for women in Iran.
Iran’s protests began in September following the death of Mahsa Amini, who died after being held in police custody. Her death sparked widespread protests and riots throughout Iran, in addition to a violent government crackdown that has left at least 450 people killed and thousands arrested, according to human rights organizations. Numerous videos on social media have shown Iranian women taking off and even burning their hijabs in protest.
Hamid Qarahassanlou, a doctor and radiology specialist, and his wife Farzane Qarahassanlou were arrested at their home after participating in the Hadus Najafi's memorial. Farzane is a laboratory science expert and Hamid is a radiologist and they have a 10-year-old daughter. The forces of the Islamic Republic attacked their house at night and after beating them, they took them both to the detention center in front of their daughter. The officers also threatened the girl that she has no right to call anyone until morning.
For about ten days, there was no information about the place of detention and the condition of these two, and after ten days, due to the deterioration of Hamid's condition, they had to take him to the hospital. They found that Hamid's rib was broken and caused a hole in his lung.
In the court session on 1st December, Hamid was pressured by the judge to confess to being a leader in the case of the killing of a Basij member, even though there is no evidence against him. The atmosphere of the court was mostly an atmosphere of pressure and intimidation. Hamid Qarahassanlou is sentenced to death on December 6, and his wife, Farzane is sentenced to 25 years in prison. None of the defendants of this case had the right to choose a lawyer and had to use a public defender.
Dr. Qara Hassanlou had devouted his life to help people in many humanitarian activities. He donated various medical equipment to medical centers in undersrved or earthquake affected areas of the country and participated in the construction of several schools.
Protesters in Iran began a three-day strike on Monday as part of a wave of civil unrest triggered by the September death of an Iranian Kurdish woman who had been detained by the country's morality police.
The protesters called for shop owners across the country to close their businesses through Wednesday in order to bring about government reform. Even as the Islamic Republic vowed to implement harsh sentences on people demonstrating, including the death penalty.
Iran executed four people accused of working for Israel's Mossad intelligence agency on December 4, Iran's state IRNA news agency reported. The executed prisoners were identified as Hossein Ordukhanzadeh, Shahin Imani Mahmudabadi, Milad Ashrafi, and Manuchehr Shahbandi. They were accused of receiving weapons and funds in the form of cryptocurrency from Mossad. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps claimed to have arrested several people supposedly linked to Mossad, accusing them of destroying property and kidnapping Iranian citizens.
Sahand Noormohammadzadeh, a 26-year-old man, has been charged with vandalism and arson of public property to cause disruption to the country’s peace and order and confront the Islamic government.
Sahand was sentenced to death by the court for alleged “Waging against God” and was put through mock execution by the authorities.
Prosecutors in Iran’s revolutionary court accused Sahand of participating in the protest by blocking a highway and setting fire to bins and tires. Video evidence was presented to the court claiming that the masked man seen in the video is Sahand.
Women in Sistan-Baluchistan province joined the nationwide protests, in what a rights group called a "rare" move in the staunchly conservative southeastern region.
Dozens of women on the streets of the provincial capital Zahedan holding banners that declared "Woman, life, freedom". "Whether with hijab, whether without it, onwards to revolution," women clad in black, body-covering chadors chanted in videos posted on Twitter.
Baluchi women are among the "most oppressed" in Iran and their protests on Friday were the most organised by them so far since the demonstrations broke out across the country.
Hamed Selahshor, a 22-year-old man from Izeh, was killed by regime agents under torture after being arrested. He was arrested on November 15. The agents of the regime had arbitrarily buried him in a cemetery in "Tal Castle" on the 10th of Azar. After learning about his death and his burial place, Hamed's family removed his body from the grave with the help of friends and local people and observed the effects of torture on his body without a shroud. They then moved Hamed's body to their village for burial in their family tomb. At his memorial service, people held Hamed's pictures in front of their faces and chanted, "We are a great nation, we will not accept humiliation". This was while Hamed's family was under pressure to announce the cause of death as an accident. After the burial, people guarded his grave against regime agents.
The judiciary of Alborz province accused 15 of the arrested protesters of collaborating in the killing of a Basij member, one of the five forces of the IRGC. The Chief Justice of Alborz province announced the charge of these people in the court session as "corruption on the earth by committing numerous crimes against the security of the country", "attacking the agents of the Basij and Faraja (Police) resistance forces" and "collecting and colluding with the intention of committing crimes against the security of the country."Charges that will result in the death penalty. This is despite the fact that three of these arrested are children under the age of eighteen. Previously, during the past years, the regime executed many protesters, including Navid Afkari. A global campaign was held to prevent his execution, but it wasn't successful. In his last speech, he warned the people of Iran that the regime is looking for innocent necks for their noose. In a situation where more than 15,000 protesters are in prisons of the regime, the members of the parliament of Islamic regime requested the death sentence for the protesters in a letter. The courts of the regime, like serial killers, seek to kill protesters through the death sentence.
The judgments of the defendants of the Karaj Court were announced on 14 December. Five people are sentenced to death in this case, and other defendants, including three teenagers, received heavy prison sentences of up to 25 years.
People of Iran came to the street and rejoiced after the defeat of the football team of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the American team. Protesters in Iran call the national team "Mullah's team" and believe that a team that should serve its people but plays for the government is doomed to failure.
Mehran Samak, a 27-year-old man, was honking in the car with his fiancee during the streets festivities after Iran’s loss, when he was shot dead. From the pictures published on social networks, it was found that Mehran was a teammate of Saeed Ezzatullahi, the team's current player, when they were a child.
Iranian protesters were under pressure even in Qatar and were not allowed to wear clothes and signs related to the Iranian movement to the stadium. In the audio files leaked from the regime, it was revealed that a lot of money was spent to show the situation of Iran normal in this World Cup. For example, non-Iranians and even some oppressors were sent to the stadium at the expense of the regime to cheer the team.
Some sources have reported that the Islamic Republic had threatened the players of the Iranian team that if they did not cooperate, the lives of their families would be in danger.
Dr. Zahra Lori was the principal of Rezvani Nejad School in Kerman, who refused to give the names of the protesting students to the security forces about a month ago, after the protest and gathering of the students. She was removed from the school management position, and she was under pressure from the security forces all this time. According to the obituary published on social networks, Dr. Zahra Lori died of a heart attack.
The security police arrested sixteen-year-old Arshiya after knocking off a mullah's turban in one of Iran's cities. He spent ten days in detention without being seen. When he was released on bail, he said that he was beaten with a baton in prison. Arshiya's mental state after his release was not the same as before, and her family took him to a psychiatrist. But two days after his release, Arshiya committed suicide by taking pills.
After a long silence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) condemned the killing of children in Iran in a statement.
In this statement, UNICEF announced that the Islamic Republic, as a member of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is obliged to respect and implement children's rights to life, privacy, freedom of thought and peaceful assembly. UNICEF also mentioned and condemned the continued attacks on schools.
The Isfahan truckers' strike spread to other cities of Iran. According to the news on social networks, the drivers of Qazvin, Kermanshah, Marand, and Bandar Abbas have joined the strikers' ranks. In Isfahan, the scope of the strike has been extended from Shapur to Varzaneh city. At the same time, some drivers are reporting pressure to carry goods.
The Chief Justice of Isfahan announced that the rapper Toomaj Salehi is corrupting the earth by publishing lies on a large scale, propagandizing against the system, forming and running illegal groups, cooperating with the hostile government, publishing lies and disturbing the public mind, and inciting and persuading people. He is accused of violent acts. These accusations in the Islamic Republic can cost Tomaj's life.
Tomaj Salehi, a protesting and free rapper, was a supporter of the people from the beginning, and even before Mehsa Amini was killed, he was always the voice of the suffering people of Iran. He has done nothing but telling the truth and facing the oppressor.
Hassan Ronaghi announced on Twitter the temporary release of his brother Hossein and said that he was released on bail to undergo treatment.
After Hossein's release, there were doubts among people about his health. According to some, his appearance seemed healthy, and his leg was not broken. Hossein was on a hunger strike in prison for a long time. After publishing more documents and leaked audio files by hacker groups, it became clear that his health condition was indeed critical.
Majidreza Rahnavard, a protester, living in Mashhad, was arrested on the groundless charge of killing two Basiji students. The indictment says his charge is "war against the society." Considering the accusation of murder, it is very likely that he will be sentenced to execution.
In all the pictures that have been published of Majidreza after his arrest, his hand is broken, and it is said that the officers beat him during the arrest.
Also, after his arrest, the repressors broke the windows of Majidreza's house, wrote obscenities on his walls, and sealed the house with cement blocks.
The Black Reward group hacked the Fars news agency belonging to the IRGC. This hacker group called the Fars news agency "Fars mud spreading company." After this cyber attack, the image of a female protester with her headscarf in her hand was seen on the Fars' website.
This group has obtained 250 terabytes of data, including audio archives, financial documents, recorded calls, administrative correspondence, image archives, and confidential news bulletins to the leadership and IRGC. The release of audio files of confidential conversations and video images of an employee masturbating at the desk had a broad impact on the media.
After the football team won their second World Cup match against Wales, people stayed home and refused to cheer for the victory. Indeed, the presence of people celebrating the victory of the football match could have provided images to the regime's propaganda machine to make the situation in Iran seem normal. After receiving orders from their commanders, the military forces on alert in the city's streets held a street party after receiving orders. The regime's media published images of the regime's agents dancing in the streets with military uniforms and guns under the title of people's celebration. The purpose of publishing these images was to destroy the protesters' spirit. Still, it clearly showed the severity of the presence of repression forces in the streets and the political use of the World Cup.
Students of at least four Iranian universities suffered from food poisoning in a short timespan. So far, the news of poisoning in Isfahan, Khwarazmi Karaj, Arak, and the Allameh University of Technology has been published. In response to this action of the regime, the students protested and made a chain of food dishes on the university campus. Poisoning protesters and prisoners are one of the regime's suppression methods, which has led to death in some cases. In these cases, the regime has stated the cause of death as suicide.
Fridays are protest days in Zahedan. These protests are becoming more widespread every week, and slogans against the regime are given every time. This time, people supported the protesting people in Kurdistan in their slogans. People chanted, "Kurds and Baloch are brothers." The people of Balochistan have repeatedly declared their solidarity with other protesters with their slogans in the past weeks and exposed the regime's lie about separatism. During the past forty-three years, the regime has kept the people of Balochistan in poverty and enforced deprivation so that many people do not even have identification documents, which means they are deprived of all citizenship services.
Voria Ghafouri, a Kurdish football player of the Khuzestan Steel team, who supported the widespread protests and the victims' families, was arrested. During the past years, as the captain of Esteghlal and a national team player, he has always been a defender of the rights of women and citizens. Some coaches and other players supported him after his arrest. At the same time, the World Cup is being held in Qatar. Foreign reporters have mentioned this arrest, but Iranian players are not allowed to comment. In response to the reporters, the national team's head coach first expressed his ignorance and then regretted it.
Today was a great victory for the Iranian people's voice to be heard worldwide. The special session of the UN Human Rights Council, convened at the suggestion of Germany and Iceland on Thursday, November 24, ended with the approval of Resolution S35/L1. This Resolution was approved with 25 votes in favor, 6 votes against, and 16 abstentions. According to this Resolution, the Human Rights Council must form an independent fact-finding commission to deal with human rights violations by the Iranian government during the recent nationwide protests. In this way, the international community holds the Islamic Republic accountable based on information to prevent human rights violations in Iran. Nasser Kanaeni, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic, announced on Monday, November 28, that the Islamic Republic would not cooperate with the fact-finding committee!
Parliamentarians, who previously signed the request for the death sentence for political prisoners, this time are collecting signatures for a plan based on which punishments will be considered for protesting students. According to this plan, students will be banned from going out for ten years in case of "breaking norms," "creating chaos," "destruction of property," "obscenity and insulting holy matters," and while receiving disciplinary orders, they must personally pay the entire cost of their education.
A few days before the start of the Qatar World Cup, the people of Iran asked the players of the national team of Iran and England, which was the first opponent of Iran in this cup, not to forget the people of Iran and show a symbolic tribute in the game. Even before the start of the match, the Iranians were trying to get FIFA to sanction the national team of the Islamic Republic of Iran and not allow them to participate in the tournament. However, this request never got any answer.
The players of the Iranian national team visited the president on November 15, during the apex of public protests and strikes, and some even bowed before him. This move and the photos they took later, before the start of the World Cup, provoked people's anger.
Before the start of the match, the two sides sang the national anthem, but the Iranian team refused to sing the anthem to express their support for the Iranians' struggle for freedom. This scene was censored on Iranian national TV as before. That wasn't enough. Many people are still angry and shout "shame, shame" toward the Iranian players during the game in the stadium.
Two players of the Iranian team, Alireza Biranvand and Majid Hosseini had a physical collision early in the game and were seriously injured. The image of this moment was circulated among people on social networks and became very symbolic. People had boycotted Iran's radio and television and did not watch the game on this channel. Some Iranian spectators also booed and showed the lion and sun flag during the playing of the anthem of the Islamic Republic in Qatar Stadium. Iranian people started to publish calls to come to the streets after the match.
The national team and the domestic media continue to add salt to people's wounds in the days after the match. Carlos Queiroz, the national team's coach from Portuguese, rudely announced in the news that anyone who does not want to support the national team should not come to the stadium!
In the end, the Islamic Republic of Iran experienced a historic defeat and lost the game to England with a score of 2 to 6.
Piranshahr in West Azarbaijan province near the Iraqi border was another Kurdish city where people took to the streets to support the Mahabadi protesters. The regime's agents mercilessly shot at the protestors, resulting in the death of three teenagers named Karvan Qadershokri, Kumar Daroftade, and Zakaria Kheal. Taher Azizi was also a thirty-year-old man killed in these protests. The funeral of the dead has also become a place to protest against the child-killing regime, where officers attacked the protesters.
Piranshahr in West Azarbaijan province near the Iraqi border was another Kurdish city where people took to the streets to support the Mahabadi protesters. The regime's agents mercilessly shot at the protestors, resulting in the death of three teenagers named Karvan Qadershokri, Kumar Daroftade, and Zakaria Kheal. Taher Azizi was also a thirty-year-old man killed in these protests. The funeral of the dead has also become a place to protest against the child-killing regime, where officers attacked the protesters.
After the Islamic Republic of Iran's channel aired a video of Kian Pirflek in a telephone contest program, Kimia Gilani, the host of this show, cried. She published a video of the program and announced her resignation from national TV. After that, Davud Abedi, a well-known sports presenter on the News channel, and Farhad Fakhrbakhsh, a presenter on Iran's Channel One, resigned as well by publishing posts on Instagram. Earlier, Barbod Babaei, Majid Ghazanfari, Mohammad Hoseini, Mojtaba Pourbakhsh, and Peyman Sheikhi, other well-known TV presenters, announced their resignations in response to the nationwide protests and support of the people.
Islamic Republic's Radio and Television have always played a big role in spreading false news and slandering and threatening protesters. Most of the presenters of this organization are notorious and known to be affiliated with the regime. These resignations were a sign of the internal collapse of the regime's affiliates.
Mahabad, one of the Kurdish cities of West Azarbaijan province, was the target of one of the deadliest military attacks by regime agents in the recent protests. The protesters took over the streets and city centers by forming a large crowd. They built trenches to protect themselves. Military forces entered Mahabad from nearby cities, blocked the city's exit routes, and cut off the city's electricity. The regime's agents shot at the people with heavy weapons, including DShK. Wide support for the people of Mahabad was formed on virtual networks, and calls to support the people of Mahabad were published in other cities.
Hundreds of protesters in Iran are blinded by metal pellets and rubber bullets that have ruptured the eyes of anti-government demonstrators.
A protester, nicknamed Saman, described the day he got shot in the eyes by the security police in an article by The New York Times. After security police fired a rubber bullet that hit his left eye, Saman drove to a hospital where doctors refused to treat him. He was finally admitted to the government-run Farabi Eye Hospital, where he was operated on nearly 24 hours after he had been shot. The impact of the shot, fired at such close range, left him blind in that eye.
Many injured protesters pleaded for treatment in regime-organized hospitals. According to lawyers and doctors, some of the wounded have been denied treatment, and others have been arrested after surgery. Some injured flee the country before their treatment is complete, while many can't afford the expenses of these surgeries.
Ghazal Rranjkesh was on her way back home in Bandarabbas and got shot. The Islamic regime is taking away people's eyes, but even with no eyes, they keep seeing the day Iran will be free.
Melika Gharagozlo is one of the protestors that are taken to Amin Abad mental hospital. She has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for publishing a video opposing the mandatory hijab.
Transferring to a mental hospital is one of the methods of repression and pressure on political prisoners, which led to the death of Behnam Mahjoubi in 2020. In 2017, he was arrested during the Golestan Haftom street protests and was sentenced to two years in prison. During this period, he was transferred to Amin Abad mental hospital twice. Behnam Mahjoubi had reported about the horrible conditions there and said that he had seen the decline of humanity in Iran. In an audio file, he told his family: "I am convinced that they (regime officers) are planning to kill me." He died in February 2021 due to drug poisoning. Political prisoners in Iran are at risk of death in different ways.
Hamidreza Rouhi, a 20-year-old man from Tehran, was shot and killed by officers during the Zibashahr protests in Tehran. He was a model, and even in 2014, he was chosen as the most attractive teenager in Tehran. The security officers killed him with a direct bullet. IRGC-affiliated news agencies tried to introduce Hamidreza as their own Basiji forces, but his friends published pictures on social networks that showed Hamidreza shouting slogans and confronting the security forces.
During Hamidreza's funeral ceremony, the security forces monitored the ceremony with a drone and finally attacked the participants in the gathering.
The videos of Hamidreza and his friend riding a motorcycle at the height of happiness were circulated on social networks. In one of the ceremonies in his memory, a group of motorcyclists in Tehran honored him by moving around the city and repeating his movements.
The people of Sanandaj came to the streets after the 40th anniversary ceremony of a number of those killed in public protests in this city. The protesters formed a large crowd and shot down some of the cars of the suppression forces. After the armed attack on the protesters, the regime agents tried to take away the wounded and dead from Kausar Hospital. A video of Isa Bigleri's father, whose son was killed by the regime's agents two days before, shouting slogans against Khamenei was published, which had a lot of impact on social networks. The killing of protesters in Kurdistan continued in the following days.
Simultaneously with nationwide protests and strikes, on Wednesday, November 16, four protesters were killed in Bukan, one of the cities of Kurdistan province. On Thursday morning, November 17, the people of Bukan came to the streets after the burial of Salar Mojaver and Mohammad Hassanzadeh. Despite regime agents shooting, people entered the city hall. The images of these protests became a symbol of the power of the protesting crowd. In the following days, the regime used military forces, war bullets, and helicopters to control the situation. They also arrested many protestors through house-to-house searches and shot at residential houses.
Arash Sadeghi is a political prisoner and civil human rights activist in Tehran who was arrested again during the nationwide nationwide protests on 12 October 2022. After the protests of 2009, Arash was imprisoned several times for his civil and human rights activities. A year ago, he was released from the Rajaeeshahr Prison of Karaj after serving five years and six months of imprisonment, citing the "Law on the Reduction of Imprisonment Punishment."
Due to several rounds of strikes, he has severe problems with his kidneys, stomach, intestines, and heart muscles. The last time he was in Evin prison protesting the arrest of his wife, Golrokh Iraei, lasted more than seventy days.
Arash is suffering from bone cancer and needs medicine urgently. The prison hospital does not have Arash's medicine. He is not allowed to buy medicine from outside the prison.
Aylar Haghi, a medical student of Azad University of Tabriz, was killed on the evening of Tuesday, November 16, in nationwide protests. Her family said that their daughter was killed by a direct shot from close range by regime agents. The regime's media tried to explain the cause of death as a fall from the building, similar to the false news they published about Nika Shakrami and other victims of these protests.
After the news of her death was published, Aylar's family was under pressure from the regime for a "forced confession" and not holding a funeral ceremony. However, three days later, on Friday, November 18, Aylar's funeral was held with a large crowd. Regime agents attacked the participants in the cemetery. Pictures and videos of the massive presence of people and the attack of agents were published on social networks.
He was only nine years old when the forces of the Islamic Republic shot him. Kian Pirfalak was in the car with his family in Izeh when the agents shot at the vehicle from four sides. Kian's father was wounded, but one of the bullets hit Kian's lungs and killed him.
His family, fearing that regime forces would steal their son's body, hid Kian's lifeless body in their house and did not take him to the morgue. The family borrowed ice from neighbors to keep the body overnight to bury him the next day.
In one of Kian's videos that went viral, at the beginning of the video, he says, "in the name of the rainbow god" and puts the boat he built for the Jabraben Hayan festival into the water. He was an intelligent kid and wanted to be an inventor.
There is still not a single reaction from UNICEF, which is supposed to stand "for every child, " so far about the tragedy in Iran.
A heartbreaking and devastating crime in Izeh, a city in Iran's Khuzestan Province reports indicate that at least 15 innocent people were killed on this day. Iran's regime claimed that two motorcyclists fired at defending forces, but no name of the military and security forces or Basiji was mentioned among the dead and injured. The regime's media claimed that the killing of people in Izeh was a terrorist attack, just like the attack on Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz. It is clear to most people that this attack could not have been from ISIS. Even ISIS supporters called this claim fake.
Around 19:00 to 19:30, The Islamic Republic's suppression forces in Iran murdered a 10-year-old innocent kid, Kian Pirfalak, while sitting in a car with his family. Another child who was killed in Izeh on this day was Sepehr Maqsoodi, a 14-year-old teenager whose body was kidnapped by officers.
Due to the extreme emergency conditions and severe repression, most bodies were kept in the family of victims' homes in the high temperature of the south of Iran from mascara till the next day.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, was the second day of the call for three-day strikes and protests in memory of those killed in November 2019 protests. Nationwide strikes and protests continued like the previous day. During the day people kept their shops closed and workers went on strike. Protesters came to the street at night and chanted against the regime and the dictator. Regime agents attacked them with bullets and tear gas.
The most important news of this day was the attack by regime agents in Izeh, which led to the death of a nine-year-old child named Kian Pirfalak. The regime's media stated that the reason for the death of people in Izeh was a terrorist operation. But Kian's mother, who was in the car with her husband and children at the time of the shooting, said that regime agents shot them.
Among the other events of this day were people's protests in Tehran metro. The agents of the regime attacked the people in the closed space of the wagons and fired tear gas which made it difficult for many people to breathe and there was no way to escape. Regime agents also shot people on the platforms.
In other videos, regime agents were seen attacking an old woman and beating a woman who was carrying a shopping bag. It seemed that the agents were not Iranian and someone asked the agents in English not to beat the woman anymore.
In the continuation of nationwide demonstrations to commemorate the deaths of Aban 2019, a young girl in Tehran holds up her rainbow flag in the streets of Tehran as a sign of solidarity with the Iranian LGBT community. In the following days, an image of two girls kissing each other in a public place in the city of Arak on November 18 became viral. In addition to violating their human rights, the LGBT society of Iran has always suffered from not being seen.
These brave actions happened while two LGBT activists, Zahra Sediqi Hamdani and Elham Choobdar, are facing the death penalty for "corruption on earth."
Islam is one of the religions that does not accept same-sex relationships. The Islamic Republic, many of whose laws are based on Islam, has severe punishments for LGBT members.
The punishment for homosexuality for women is one hundred lashes and two years of deprivation of some social rights. Men have a heavier punishment and are sentenced to death by one of the methods of beheading with a sword, burning in a fire, stoning, throwing from a high place with tied hands and feet, or having the rubble of a wall thrown on them.
While people were trying to boycott Iran from the Qatar World Cup before the tournament, the players of the seemingly "national" team were bowing before the president; The power that has been suppressing child, adolescent, young and elderly protesters in the streets in the bloodiest and most brutal way for two months. This move of football players, the most popular sport of Iranian people, angered many and provoked disgust.
Many athletes have shown their support to the people to date. At the same time, well-known football figures such as Ali Daei, Ali Karimi, and Javad Naknounam rejected FIFA's official invitation to the World Cup in Qatar.
For weeks, people have taken protests to the subways of Tehran. They showed their resistance by chanting, singing revolutionary songs, writing slogans inside the subway, burning scarves, and throwing mullahs out of subway stations.
These days when the protests reached their peak, the officers of the Islamic Republic rushed into the subway and beat people. Even in some cases, direct shooting at women's carriages has been reported. As a result of the attack, some people were left on the run.
In the following days, photos appeared online showing people covering subway security cameras with sanitary napkins to prevent bloodshed in the subway.
Tuesday, November 15, was the beginning of the biggest nationwide strikes in Iran. Workers of Isfahan Zob Ahan Company joined the strike on this day. All of them gathered with workers' clothes and helmets, which is a symbol of workers. The images of these strikes on social networks increased the motivation of the protesters, so that more people joined these strikes the next day.
The regime has tried to prevent the spread of strikes by shutting down the internet, arresting journalists, human rights activists and workers. But despite the regime's violent repressions and difficult economic conditions for workers' families, these strikes continue.
The dissatisfaction of the Iranian people with the dictatorship of the Islamic Republic and the mass killing of protesters has a history as long as the life of this regime. When we look at the calendar, every day is a reminder of one of the regime's crimes, crimes that continue. But in November 2019, after shutting down the internet, the regime killed more than 1,500 protesters in the streets in less than a week.
Now, after three years, in support of the families of the victims and with the aim of overthrowing the regime and holding a fair trial to try the criminals, a call for nationwide strikes and protests was published. Tuesday, November 15, was the first day of this call and it continued until Thursday, November 17, when for the first time, tradesmen and workers went on strike in coordination throughout Iran. At the same time, protesters came to the streets and protests were linked to strikes.
The Revolutionary Guards targeted the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, the Kurdistan Communist Party of Iran, and the Kurdistan Workers' Party in Iraq with a missile and drone attack. As a result of these attacks, at least one person was killed, and ten people were injured. Kurdish parties made their official activity public after the 1979 revolution and followed the communist intellectual trend, and supported labor movements. Kurds are located in four countries: Iran, Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. The Kurdistan region in northern Iraq holds a part of the political power of this country. That's why Kurdish parties are based in other countries. The regime of the Islamic Republic and Turkey have carried out numerous military and missile attacks on these areas during the last two decades.
The European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on 29 Iranian individuals and three organizations over their alleged roles in an “unacceptable violent crackdown” by security forces on an ongoing wave of anti-government protests. This is the second round of sanctions slapped since the death of Mahsa Amini.
Those newly targeted with travel bans and asset freezes include four members of the squad that arrested Mahsa, high-ranking members of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, who the EU says is “responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran” due to police actions during the rallies. The EU also targeted Iranian state broadcaster Press TV, saying it was “responsible for producing and broadcasting the forced confessions of detainees” taken into custody.
Hossein Ronaghi (born on 4 July 1985), a human rights activist, civil activist, blogger, and software expert, was arrested on September 24, during Iran's nationwide protests. After being tortured in Evin prison, he went on a hunger strike. which caused his condition to deteriorate and he was transferred to Dey Hospital on November 13.
During all this time, the elderly parents of Hossein Ronaghi travelled six hundred kilometres from their home every day, and they sat on the ground in front of Evin Prison, waiting in the cold weather of Tehran, to request a visit to their son. But the agents of the regime did not allow them to meet. After a few weeks, Hossein Ronaghi's father had a heart attack and went under surgery. He, who was worried about his child's condition, showed up in front of Evin prison without going through the recovery period and followed up on his child's condition.
Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasolov, two famous Iranian directors who were imprisoned by the regime, published the news of Hossein Ronaghi's deteriorating condition on November 12. A day later, on November 13, when Hossein Ronaghi was taken to the hospital, regime agents took him from prison to an unknown place for about five hours so that his family could not find out about his whereabouts. However, Hossein Ronaghi's brother, Hassan, published the news of his transfer to Dey Hospital in the west of Tehran on Twitter. In response to his condition, a group of people gathered in front of the hospital and chanted "Death to the dictator". The security forces shot and fired tear gas to disperse them.
58 days after the start of protests in Iran, Olaf Schultz, the chancellor of Germany, spoke exclusively about the current situation of human rights in Iran in a video message.
Schultz's speech is important in many ways. As Chancellor of Germany, Schultz is one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the world. During the past years, the regime had high hopes of establishing political and economic relations with Germany. So many companies have been established in Germany to fulfill the goals of the regime. In this regard, the German Foreign Minister has warned about the performance of these companies and the possibility of legal action against them in the past weeks.
Olaf Schultz's message expresses Germany's decisive position regarding the violation of human rights in the suppression of Iranian protests. It can be said that the continuation of protests inside Iran and the massive demonstrations in Berlin and other German cities have led to this official reaction. Besides that, German-Iranian politicians who have a high position in German political parties have used their prestige this time to support the protests in Iran.
In Schultz's message, details are precisely mentioned that are not easy for non-Iranians to know, and an Iranian-German is needed to collect the news through Iranians inside the country or Persian media. Because no media from the free world is allowed to enter Iran and directly observe what is happening on the streets of Iran. This shows that the protests inside and outside of Iran lead to the disintegration of the regime's international relations. International monitoring makes violent repression very costly for the regime. This means a lose-lose game for a regime that people don't want to be in power anymore.
A young Iranian protester took her own life a few days after her release from a detention center. Yalda Aghafazli, 19, was arrested on October 26 in Enghelab Square in the capital city of Tehran and was released ten days later without being informed of the charges against her. Aghafazli had been on a hunger strike before her release from the Qarchak detention center on November 6. She took her own life in Tehran On November 11, only a few days after her release from prison, with police reporting the cause of her death as an "overdose."
The mental and physical torture she endured while arrested are unknown but are clear drivers behind why she took her own life. What did the Islamic regime forces do to Yalda that drove her to suicide?
"Several Iranian activist women met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the events in Iran. Masih Aalinejad, a journalist and human rights activist who has been working for women's rights in Iran for many years, Laden Broumand, the son of Abdulrahman Broumand, an opposer of the Islamic Republic, who was assassinated in Paris, and Roya Piraei, whose picture on the grave of her mother, Minoo Majidi, with shaved hair and a determined face became one of the symbols of the protests, were present in this meeting.
In the first days of the revolution, Macron met and shook hands with Raisi, the president of Iran, and in his meeting, he did not mention the crimes that were going on in Iran, which angered the people. Now, this meeting of Iranian women has angered the authorities of the Islamic Republic. In this meeting, Alinejad told Macron that France could be the first country to recognize this revolution. A little later, Emmanuel Macron called the current protest uprising in Iran a revolution and demanded a strong response to suppress it. In one of his interviews after this meeting, he said that he supports a strong diplomatic reaction and sanctions against the regime figures who are involved in suppressing this revolution."
A day after movie actress Taraneh Alidousti published her picture without the mandatory hijab and held the slogan "Woman, Life, Freedom" on Instagram, many other female actors, artists, and athletes supported her by posting their pictures without the hijab. Among the well-known figures who have publicly expressed their opposition to the mandatory hijab: Katayoun Riahi, Hengameh Ghaziani, Leila Naghdi Pari, Afsana Baygan, Donya Madani, Katayoun Amirebrahimi, Kataneh Afsharzadeh, Shaghaigh Dehghan, Rakhshan Bani Etemad, Maryam Yavari, Parmida Ghasemi, Nilofar Mardani, Sara and Pari Baharvand, as well as Gohar Eshghi and Sattar Beheshti's mother. The security forces arrested some of these people after publishing their photos.
Publishing the pictures of these actors without hijab in public before this movement was troublesome for the actors, and they could have been banned.
Iranian security forces arrested a woman accused of being an "agent" of the London-based television broadcaster and prompting the current wave of protests amid a state crackdown on a nationwide wave of protests. The semiofficial Fars news agency said Elham Afkari was detained as she tried to "flee the country" and was accused of "inviting youth to riot and creating terror among the people." Her brother Saeed Afkari said on Twitter that she was arrested in the southern city of Shiraz along with her husband and three-year-old daughter.
Afkari is the sister of 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari, who was executed in September 2020 after being convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018. Persian-language Iran International TV tweeted that Elham Afkari never "worked for or collaborated" with the network. Iranian officials and government-controlled media have repeatedly accused foreign-based Persian media of fomenting the unrest without presenting any credible proof. Until today, many employees of Iran International TV have been threatened by the Iranian regime, and even in one case, two of their journalists were threatened with their lives in London.
Mohammad Reza (Hessam) Ferdowsi, a 24-year-old man, set himself on fire in front of Qarchak Mosque while chanting slogans against Khamenei. He suffered 70% burns and died while in the hospital under the control of regime agents. His action was compared on social networks to the self-immolation of a young Tunisian who started the protests in Tunisia. After about a month, these protests led to the overthrow of the dictator and democratic reforms in Tunisia.
In memory of those who died on Bloody Friday of Zahedan, on Wednesday, November 9, in many cities of Iran, markets went on strike and protesters came to the streets. A protest rally was formed in a number of universities. The image of Khodanour Lajjae became a symbol of the dead in Balochistan. Performances inside and outside of Iran were held in memory of him and his bound hands. Maulvi Abdul Hameed, Baloch religious leader, visited the families of those killed. In these meetings, he mentioned "Zahedan's crime" and said, "This crime was not the work of the (foreign) agents, but the government is to be blamed."
To continue the repression in Baluchistan, the regime dismissed the police commander of this province and appointed Mohammad Qanbari to the position.
Many Iranian athletes have shown their support and sympathy for the Iranian people in various fields. Ali Karimi and Ali Daei, two legends of Iran football, have been with the people since the beginning.
At first, during the match of the Iranian national team with Brazil in the final of the intercontinental competition, the beach soccer players refused to sing the national anthem of the Islamic Republic. They stood in silence and irritation, which caused the sudden interruption of the live broadcast of the program on national television. This team did not celebrate at the time of victory and dedicated their victory to the country's women. Instead of cheering after the goal, Saeed Piramoon, an Iranian national beach soccer team player, symbolically cut his hair. Next, the national water polo, the sitting volleyball team, and many others continued the same movement and did not sing the national anthem.
Fatemeh Adeli, the Sepahan team player, refused to rejoice after scoring a goal on Friday, November 4. By covering her eyes and mouth, she symbolically showed her protest against the violent suppression of the people. Parmida Ghasemi, a member of Iran's national archery team, took off her headscarf on the medal presentation platform at the closing ceremony in Tehran in apparent defiance of the mandatory hijab.
A group of 227 parliament members in Iran has called on the Judiciary to issue death sentences for people arrested during the ongoing anti-government protests. Elected in a non-competitive election in February 2020, the parliament is packed with hardliners and Revolutionary Guard officers. In a statement that was read out in the parliament on Sunday, the lawmakers called the protesters "Mohareb," which means fighter in Arabic, but in Islamic law, it means "enemy of God" that carries the death penalty. They also compared the protesters to members of ISIS, who "attack people's lives and property..."
The Iranian regime has so far charged several people with "Moharebe," "corruption on earth," "assembly and collusion against national security," and "confrontation with the Islamic Republic" for participating in the protests.
According to human rights activists, at least 318 people have been killed by the regime forces during the recent protests, 49 of whom were children and teenagers. The official authorities in Iran did not provide the correct statistics of the people who were killed in these protests and the number of those arrested. In addition, the parliamentarians of Iran did not conduct an investigation into violent repression.
Milad Armoun, Mehdi Jahani, BehradHesari, Nastooh Nikkhaah, and Mohammad Pasand were arrested for allegedly stabbing a Basiji anti-riot police. The terrorist regime is planning to murder these individuals by execution. Milad is sentenced to death in the regime's court without a lawyer and in only one session on false charges.
Since September, as many as 14,000 people have been arrested in Iran during protests, including human rights defenders, artists, students, lawyers, journalists, and civil society activists. The Islamic Republic is setting the stage, trying to get forced confessions on TV. The families of some defendants cannot get any information about their children's cases, or they do not have the right to visit and contact their imprisoned family members.
The death penalty is still a legal penalty in Iran, and it's believed that Iran executes the most people per capita. If this is not stopped, thousands will be murdered.
Ukraine has reported a spate of Russian attacks using Iranian-made drones. Iran was denying supplying the drones to Russia. Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations rejected the accusations saying they are “totally baseless”. The Islamic Republic eventually admitted it had provided drones to Russia, claiming that they were sent to Russia months before the Ukrainian war. They transferred dozens of drones this summer and have military personnel in occupied Ukraine helping Russia against Ukraine civilians.
In exchange for receiving drones from the Islamic Republic, Russia has taken 140 million euros in cash and Western military weapons to Iran by a military plane. News sources say that the IRGC requested these weapons from the Russians for research and possibly reverse engineering.
Young protesters in Iran have started a movement to knock off Mullahs' turbans (the piece of cloth they wear on top of their heads). During the last couple of weeks, several videos have been shared on social media showing people knocking off or removing the turbans from the Mullahs' heads as a symbolic way to show their opposition against the Mullah regime. These videos show that such acts are usually followed by cheering and exultation from other people observing the situation.
Another crime occurred in Baluchistan, in the city of Khash, which led to the death of at least 16 people, most of whom were children. War bullets and snippers directly targeted the protesters who threw stones. The killing of protesters in Khash is very much underreported.
Molavi Abdul Hamid, the Iranian Sunni Muslim cleric of Zahedan, issued a statement condemning the "bloody crime" in Khash. He said, "It is not known why the treatment of protesters in Sistan and Baluchistan is different from other regions of the country and why the protesting people of this province are brutally beaten and massacred."
Many people were murdered 40 days ago and today, was a widespread mourning going on in different cities of Iran. In Karaj, a significant crowd got together for the 40th anniversary of Hadis Najafi and Reza Parsa Dust. People managed to control the police intervention.
The ceremony for Mahsa Mogui in Fouladshahr was magnificent. Likewise, Javad Heidari's ceremony was held in Qazvin with a large crowd. Navid Afkari's mother also attended this mourning. In various cities, people protested for the 40th day since the death of Behnam Layeghpour, Amir Nowrozi, Saeed Mohammadi, Ghazaleh Chelabi, and Amirhosein Shams.
In the continuation of the ceremony in the mentioned cities, many people were killed in various clashes, as well as Mullahs and Basij members. The names are still unknown. The forces of the Islamic Republic shot a woman in the head in Fouladshahr and shot a two-year-old child in Naziabad. Following the ceremony, people protested in various other cities besides the mentioned ones, including Tehran, Tabriz, Fasa, and Bijar.
On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, the UN Security Council held an Arria Formula (informal) meeting to “highlight the ongiong protests in Iran." The panel was composed of Dr. Javaid Rehman, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights defender and Nobel Peace prize winner, and Nazanin Boniadi, Iranian actress and activist.
Shirin Ebadi pointed out that the Iranian people demand a democratic and secular government, and asked the council to "stand on the right side of history." Nazanin Boniadi also noted in her speech that the ongoing uprising “is not just about draconian dress code” but more broadly, the denial “of all Iranians from freedom of expression, association, and assembly, as well as fair trial and due process.” She emphasized that the international community must support the people of Iran, who are fighting for freedom.
Iran's IRGC issued a statement on October 28, accusing Niloufar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi, two women journalists, arrested days after protests began in September, as "foreign agents," spying for several foreign agencies, including the CIA, MI-6, and Mossad. They alleged Niloufar Hamedi, who published the photo of the deceased Mahsa Amini on a hospital bed, was "among the people trained in special courses abroad" without providing any evidence to their claim.
Tehran Journalists Association condemned accusations by two intelligence organs against these reporters on October 30. The next day, more than 300 Iranian journalists demanded the release of two colleagues since what they did was simply fulfilling their responsibility as journalists.
Toomaj Salehi, a 32-year-old well-known underground dissident rapper, who was an active supporter of the movement after the nationwide protests, was arrested. The day before his arrest, Toomaj had released a video of his new piece called "Fal" (fortune), which harshly and boldly criticized the regime.
The prosecutor of Isfahan confirmed the news of Tomaj Salehi's arrest and claimed that he played a crucial role in causing disturbances and inviting and encouraging the riots. His condition is unclear, and there is no information about his exact whereabouts. Everyone is worried about his life and health.
One of the questions that some people asked from the beginning was who might be the revolution's leader? This movement does not have a specific leader. In other words, the number of influential leaders is more than one person. This has confused the regime. The Islamic Republic is trying to make people lose hope by arresting the influential people. But the Islamist regime's crimes make people more furious and more determined every day.
The judiciary announced public trials would be held in Tehran for 1,000 people who have been arrested in a heavy-handed crackdown by security forces.
According to the family members of some of the arrested protesters, they are denied the right to have a lawyer and face a hasty judgment. Mohammad Ghobadlo, a protester who was arrested on the charge of "corruption on earth," was sentenced to death after just one hearing, his mother said on October 31. In a clip published online, her mother also said that the regime deprived him of having a lawyer and did not allow lawyers to enter the court.
University students are among the groups with the longest-lasting resistance and protest during this uprising.
Despite brutal oppression during the past few days in universities and the arrest of hundreds of students, many students were protesting again in multiple universities, including Ahvaz, Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Yazd, Sanandaj, Karaj, Qazvin, and Khorramabad.
Armed agents of the Islamic Republic attacked the Sadaf Dormitory of Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences during the night to arrest students. They were met with protests at the dorm yard last night, which continued with strikes and demonstrations at the University.
The people of Zahedan and several other cities of Sistan and Baluchistan province once again came to the streets and chanted slogans against the regime. In Zahedan, several people were killed and wounded by the shooting of security officers.
Armored security forces vehicles surrounded the Makki Mosque while the demonstrators peacefully chanted slogans. There were forces wearing local Balochi clothes to blend in among the people.
In Saravan, the demonstrations of the people were killed by war bullets. Security forces threw tear gas inside the Noor Mosque during Friday prayers. At least five people were killed during the protests this Friday. During the nationwide uprising, the people of Sistan and Baluchestan Province lost the most lives. According to the statistics of the Iran Human Rights Organization, at least 98 people have been killed in this province.
Mehrshad Shahidi, a young man who was arrested during the protests of November 3rd in Arak, died in the intelligence department of the IRGC in this city due to heavy baton blows. His relatives said that Mehrshad's family were pressured to say that he suffered a stroke due to fear. His family was informed of his death the day before his birthday. Mehrshad was a skilled chef who would be 20 years old if he were alive today.
Fereshteh Ahmadi was shot and killed by Islamic Republic security forces in Mahabad. She was visiting one of her relatives when the neighborhood got crowded. When she stopped to watch the protests, the guards aimed at her chest and shot her while her children were with her. This 32-year-old Kurdish woman was a mother of two. Images of her little daughter weeping at her mother's grave while her fists are full of dirt is one of the most heartbreaking scenes of the uprising.
Residents of Mahabad took to the streets after participating in the funeral ceremony of 35-year-old Esmail Moloudi. The night before, Esmail was killed during nationwide protests commemorating the 40th day since the death of Mahsa Amini. Security forces opened fire at the chanting crowd to disperse them.
Violence erupted, and protesters attacked government buildings, including the governor's and the mayor's offices. Security forces responded by opening fire on demonstrators. At least seven people were killed, and dozens were wounded.
On day 40 of Nika Shakarami's murder, a large crowd gathered at her burial site, even though she was buried in a small village far from the city. They mostly chanted the slogans of protests and sang an old famous song in Luri.
Nika's mother gave a speech addressing Nika "I will forever be in agony for your sufferings, but I love you. When I see that pure seed of your thinking – freedom, courage, and honor blossoms in the hearts of other loved ones, I am happy and grateful."
The ceremony turned violent with the intervention of the security forces. Videos showed guards had attempted to prevent people from attending the ceremony by blocking a bridge. The security forces also fired tear gas on people who fought back by throwing stones. Gunshots were audible in videos shared on social media. People attending her memorial ceremony chanted, "We are all Nika. Fight, and we will fight back."
Media in Iran reported, "a terrorist attack" at Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz that reportedly killed 15 and injured several people. The information from government-controlled websites cannot be independently verified, and the possibility of a false-flag operation to blame the protesters and "enemies" of the Islamic Republic exists.
Much evidence falls suspicion that the Islamic Republic is responsible for this attack, namely a poster posted too early after the attack and the images posted later. The news broke after several prominent figures and media outlets close to the clerical regime warned Iranians they should expect "terrorist operations" in Iran.
Media outlets reported that the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack just a few hours after the attack. However, the post contained several glaring errors.
The regime kept using this event as the motive for many future occurrences, like the silence of the football players during the Islamic Republic's anthem. They announced that the players' were silent to respect the people who died during this terrorist attack.
Forty days have passed since the killing of Mahsa Amini. The fortieth day since someone's death has a special ceremony among Iranians, and many people were getting ready for a gathering around Mahsa's grave on this day. This day became a day of widespread strikes and protests all across Iran. Despite the regime's heightened security, thousands of people on foot and vehicles headed towards Aichi cemetery in Saqqez, Mahsa's hometown in the western province of Kurdistan. The regime, as always, planned multiple scenarios to tarnish and distract the events of this day, like the new collapse of the Metropol building and the Shah Cheragh's attacks.
In Tehran, according to the order of the principal of a girls' high school called "Sadr," the students were physically inspected to find their mobile phones. The physical search of students (in some videos, it is claimed that the students were "naked") was accompanied by the protest and resistance of some students.
Parents gathered outside the high school and started protesting. Other reports said the principal had beaten the students, and some were in critical condition. Video footage shows the police giving orders to beat the protesters and the riot police beating the parents with batons. It is said that two children were taken to the hospital in this incident.
Mona Naghib was only eight years old when she was shot while she was in the car headed to school. The family has stated that the regime's intelligent service guards took the bullet cast out of her head and took it with them, not leaving any evidence behind.
Helen Ahmadi, seven years old, was shot and killed by Islamic Republic security forces on her way home from school while reportedly chanting anti-regime slogans with other children.
The Islamic Republic security forces murdered a 17-year-old student with baton. The regime forced her family to announce that she had thrown herself from the top of the building and died. The same claim was made about some of the other children killed during the protests, such as Nika Shakarami and Sarina Esmaeilzadeh.
Hacker group "Black Reward" launched an attack to demand the release of political prisoners. After 24 hours, the group published 50 gigabytes of hacked data related to Iran's atomic energy production and development. According to this group, the published documents contain contracts, management and operational schedules of the Bushehr power plant, specifications and legal slips of employees, and visas of Iranian and Russian specialists of the Bushehr power plant. The data is being analyzed.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Berlin in solidarity with the movement in Iran. More than 100,000 people took part in the rally, many traveling from different European countries to Berlin. More than 50,000 were demonstrated on the same day in Los Angles. The demonstration in Berlin was organized by The Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims. Numerous organizations supported the call. The Iranian-Canadian activist Hamed Esmaeilion spoke out against the Iranian regime while calling out the western governments for concrete support. The huge rally angered the government in Tehran, which tried to belittle the opposition gathering. Iran national TV reported this demo as a protest against the rising fuel price in Germany!
Armita, 21, was arrested during a protest in Karaj. A week passed by without any news from her. Until she was taken to hospital by the IRGC security agents on October 18. Hospital authorities reported that she was suffering from anal bleeding. Her head had been shaved and she was constantly shaking and crying. Her family tried to visit her, but before they could lay an eye on her, the security forces kidnapped her from the back door.
The hospital staff leaked the information about her alleged repeated violent rape to the public. However, on the next day, the head of the hospital issued an official announcement in which he confirmed a ""diarrhea"" scenario.
The family of Armita received a call telling them if they wanted to see their daughter alive they needed to participate in a televised interview. The parents did not agree. Armita's whereabouts is currently unknown.
Elnaz Rekabi is an Iranian sport climber. She endangered herself by showing her support for the uprising. Her footage of scaling a wall without hijab during the Asian Games finals went viral. She was threatened and her passport and phone were taken by the regime's authorities. Her brother was called and arrested by the IRGC intelligence in Iran.
In an Instagram story that appears to be published under pressure, Elnaz claimed that her headscarf fell off inadvertently, and she had competed without it, due to bad timing and an unanticipated call for her to compete.
The authorities reportedly threatened to take her family's property if she did not agree to make the forced confession. Elnaz is under house arrest, whereas the Iranian authorities say that she is at home, taking a rest.
A huge fire blazed at a notorious prison, Evin, where political prisoners and anti-regime activists are kept in the Iranian capital. The event happened at night with sounds of gunfire and explosions echoing outside its gates. Families of prisoners who had traveled to the prison earlier in the day to inquire about their loved ones were teargassed by state security forces. There was a huge debate about the cause of the event. Many people accused the regime of making a scene as a red herring or planning to blame the protestors for the disturbance. The next day a report on national TV called the event an accident in the sewing workshop.
The regime started oppressing the school girls. They used tear gas in the schools, arrested children, shot and beat them. Following a gathering of schoolgirls at Shaheed High School in Ardabil, at which the students were protesting and chanting 'Death to the Dictator', security forces attacked the school, beat students, and arrested 10 girls. Media reports said that about a dozen injured students were transferred to a hospital – where one of them died of internal bleeding, named Asra Panahi. Asra's brother committed suicide a few days after her murder. More than two dozen children have so far been killed in the protests.
A 21 years old engineering student, was brutally beaten to death at Hamadan University by the Islamic Republic in Iran. They repeatedly hit her with batons in the head. Severely injured Negin returned to the Industrial University of Hamedan dormitory, where she died due to the severe bleeding. Security forces immediately rushed to the dormitory and threatened eyewitnesses and her family. They ordered them to say that Negin had died from intoxication by eating expired canned fish. The responsible authorities have falsely claimed that the cause of her death was food poisoning and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Oil and petrochemical workers across different sites joined the protests by going on strikes in support of the uprising. Videos shared online showed strikers in this critical industry chanting 'Death to the dictator,' as well as 'Brave Iranians! We support you! We support you!'. These strikes marked a new phase of the uprising against the regime.
Videos shared online showed heavy gunfires and explosions in the city of Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province. The city was being “heavily shelled.” Many reports showed ruthless killings of civilians by security forces in Kurdistan Province. Internet and phone access were unavailable or very slow in many parts of Kurdistan, as the Iranian authorities continued to disrupt access to the internet to quell the protests and prevent news of the state’s violence from reaching the world.
People give hope to the protesters and keep the revolution's voice alive by writing slogans on the city walls and in universities, on billboards and signs, distributing leaflets, and dropping papers with different slogans in the houses. "Woman, life, freedom" was one of the first slogans written on city walls.
Boys and girls, young and old, in many Iranian cities, despite the risk of being arrested, try to write slogans on the face of their cities. Some creative street art forms have been used, such as balloons, hanging clothes, and dolls from pedestrian bridges. The government tries to erase the slogans or even sometimes change them in favor of the regime, usually in a very primitive and ridiculous way.
Apart from writing slogans, people chant slogans every night from their houses or show their protest by honking their cars. These seemingly low-risk methods killed a Sanandji citizen on October 8, when he was shot directly in the head in his car. In some cases, they shot at the houses of the chanting people and threatened the residents. Nevertheless, people continue to resist bravely every day in many forms.
Abolfazl Adinezadeh was a 16-year-old student who lived in Mashhad. The pictures left of Abulfazl show him as a teenager who is always smiling and happy. During the nationwide protests, he participated in the demonstrations in Mashhad. On that day, agents of the Islamic Republic shot Abolfazl with more than 24 bullets.
His family was threatened that they would hand over Abulfazl's body to them only if they accepted that he was a member of Basij, one of the IRGC forces. According to the doctors of the hospital, he was shot from a distance of less than 1 meter and the officers first hit him with a stun gun. The agents of the Islamic Republic pressured Ali Adinezadeh, the father of Abolfazl, to keep silent and not to mediate the killing of his son.
At his funeral, plainclothes security officers were present to prevent the mourners from chanting. Some mourners were searched after the funeral and forced to delete the mourning videos from their phones.
There were widespread protests in many cities of Iran and outside of Iran. In some cases, the police forces joined people. At the end of the day, a hacktivist group, called "Edalate Ali" hacked a broadcast on Iranian state-run television and interrupted with images of the supreme leader, Khamenei, surrounded by flames, accompanied by the chant 'woman, life, freedom', before returning to a shot of a news presenter. Pictures of Nika Shakarami, Hadis Najafi, Mahsa Amini, and Sarina Esmailzadeh – who died during the protest movement – were shown at the bottom of the screen. A caption said 'join us and stand up' and 'the blood of our youth is dripping from your claws', a reference to Khamenei.
Many famous figures, institutes, activists, and politicians heard Iranian voices and amplified them through their various forms of solidarity. Anonymous artists turned many water fountains in Tehran into the blood as a symbol of protest against the spilled blood of innocent people.
The Iranians' fight against the bloodthirsty regime is not limited to Iran's borders. They have to fight their camouflaged pawns outside of Iran. For millions of Iranians outside and inside of Iran, NIAC is synonymous with the Islamic Republic of Iran outside its borders, with an outward appearance sugar-coated with human rights, civil rights, and peace and diplomacy. NIAC is the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United States. Those working for NIAC do not represent Iranians; they represent the short-term and long-term interests of the Iranian regime.
Despite the danger of being arrested and killed, many raised their anger against the crimes of the regime. Many celebrities were arrested every day, threatened to death, and their passports were banned to incite fear. Dozens of Iranian activists and bloggers were arrested in an apparent bid to shut down news about the protests.
Niloofar Hamedi, an Iranian journalist, who broke the news of Mahsa Amini's death, was detained on September 21.
High school girls became one of the Iranian groups to join anti-regime protests in large numbers, as the country mourned a teenager killed in the first days of protests. Schoolgirls marched in the streets without their hijabs, shouting “Women, Life, Freedom” in various cities around the country, shouting at the regime's representatives in their schools, burning the photos of the regime leaders, and making obscene gestures toward the two men's image.
Khodanour Lejei was from Balochistan, Zahedan, one of the most oppressed communities in Iran. He was shot during the Zahedan massacre carried out by the Iranian regime during the Friday prayer. Although he was transferred to the hospital, with kidney injury and massive internal bleeding, security forces prevented him from receiving critical medical care. He was left unattended to bleed out to die, drop by drop. Khodanour was arrested a few months ago and was tortured and wounded. They tied him to a flagpole and released his photo to humiliate him and inspire fear. This is a typical approach employed by the regime against minorities.
Student protesters at Sharif University in Tehran, one of the top universities of Iran, were surrounded by regime security forces. They were trapped inside the university. Dozens were arrested, and gunshots were heard. The crackdown came after students protested against the Islamic Regime and demanded the release of detained students.
Worldwide demonstrations were held in solidarity with the uprising in Iran. They took place in more than 150 cities. According to the York Regional Police, over 50,000 people attended the solidarity protest in Richmond Hill near Toronto. The demonstrations were guided by Hamed Esmaeilion, the president and spokesman of The Association of Victims' Families of Flight PS752, that was shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 2020.
Hasti Narouie was knocked unconscious when a tear gas canister launched by Islamic Republic security forces hit her in the head. She suffocated to death from the tear gas during the “Bloody Friday” massacre in Zahedan. Hasti died only eight days before her 7th birthday.
In Zahedan, in probably the most violent incident of the protests, the Iranian police fired on civilians during Friday prayers. Up to forty people were killed and many wounded after protests that were sparked by reports about a police chief who had raped a 15-year-old girl a few days before. The number of victims still being counted. People who gathered at the police station to demand punishment of the offender were targeted by security and military forces on the ground and by a helicopter.
On 20 September 2022, 17-year-old Iranian teenager Nika Shakarami disappeared in Tehran protests. Her family was informed of her death ten days later. She had died under suspicious circumstances suspected to involve violence and rape by security forces. After her body was identified by her family, they made arrangements to bury her in Khorramabad, but the body was allegedly stolen by Iranian authorities and instead buried in a more deserted area. The Iranian authorities denied wrongdoing, spread several contradictory stories concerning her fate, and allegedly coerced some of her family members to support these narratives. A video was posted and went viral on Twitter of Shakarami standing on a stage, singing and laughing. Her lively figure and tragic story further fanned the ongoing protests.
Iranian security forces arrested a woman after a photo of her and another woman eating at a Tehran restaurant without their headscarves was widely circulated online. The photo shows two women without hijab having breakfast at a cafe that, like most coffeehouses in Iran, is traditionally patronized by men.
Shervin Hajipour sang a song called "Baraye..." ("for...") which has been described as the anthem of the Mahsa Amini protests in Iran. Baraye is a poignant song based on tweets shared by Iranians expressing sentiments of why people are protesting. He made the text based on protest tweets with the theme "for...". Many artists covered this song in different languages, and many others composed other pieces for the revolution. Shervin's video of the song was viewed nearly 40 million times on his Instagram page alone. It was later removed from his Instagram page, and Shervin himself was arrested by security agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hossein Ronaghi, an Iranian blogger, human rights activist, and political dissident, is arrested. He had been arrested several times in the past decade. This time, he went on a hunger strike in prison from the first day of his detention. His health soon went in critical condition including kidney failure. Furthermore, prison guards broke his legs while in custody.
After not hearing about their detained child, Hossein's parents waited in front of Evin prison for days, from morning to night, to hear about their child. Days later, Hossein's brother published a photo of his father lying on a hospital bed and announced that he suffered a heart attack in front of Evin prison, and he is now admitted to the CCU ward. People are worried for Hossein and his family.
According to the videos on social networks, parts of the city of Oshnavieh were evacuated from the military and security forces, and the citizens forced them to retreat.
People from the region reported prolonged internet shutdowns and long-lasting strikes in Oshnavieh. Military forces were dispatched to this city, and drones were flying over the city. With the disconnection of telephone lines, widespread arrests have begun in the city. There are no exact statistics about the people killed in the protests in Oshnavieh, but the death of a 16-year-old teenager named Amin Marafet has been confirmed.
Sarina was a 16-year-old vlogger who died after taking repeated blows to the skull in police custody. They put pressure on her family to announce that she had taken her own life. she was an accomplished student and a YouTuber who shared videos about women's rights, freedom, food, music, and dancing. There was rage and grief outpouring for the death of Sarina because the video of her singing "Take Me to Church" by Hozier so gustily gripped hearts.
Amini's beating and death caused widespread anger among several social networks. The #MahsaAmini hashtag and its Persian version are being used by a large number of people in Iran as well as many people abroad. The number of retweets could have been even higher if the Islamic Republic had not shut down internet access in many parts of the country or had not blocked most pathways people use to circumvent filtering and sign in to Twitter. The number of tweets and retweets of these hashtags exceeded 80 million. As of 24 September, the hashtag #MahsaAmini and its equivalent in Persian broke the Twitter record with more than 80 million tweets.
Several known people and influencers reacted to Amini's death. Among many, is J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, who posted multiple Tweets in solidarity with all Iranians protesting. Roger Waters expressed anger over the death of Mahsa Amini and dedicated a song in one of his concerts to Mahsa as a tribute to the young woman. Despite great suppression and death threats, many Iranian celebrities showed their solidarity. Ali Karimi, the legendary football player, is among the big supporters of the movement. His properties were damaged and his passport was suspended by Islamic regime for supporting the protests.
Setareh Tajik, a 17-year-old Afghan girl who fled from the Taliban to Iran with her family, was killed by the Islamic Republic in Tehran. Setareh died during the protests due to a severe beating by the oppressors. Like other victims, the cause of her death was written as "multiple injuries due to being hit by a hard object”.
The regime attempted to choke off the internet and bar access to key social media sites used to both plan protests and share news. Internet access is limited in the country as the Iranian regime strictly regulates its usage. Since 21st of September, the Iranian regime has blocked internet access to Instagram and WhatsApp and disrupted internet service in Kurdistan and other parts of Iran in an attempt to silence the unrest.
Ghazaleh Chelavi was a young mountaineer and athlete killed by the Islamic Republic during the nationwide protests. Ghazaleh was shot in the head by a direct bullet of an army officer while filming in Amol city. This officer used a sniper to shoot the protesting people from inside the governmental building. "Ghazaleh didn't participate in rallies and protests much before, but after Mahsa Amini was killed, she was inspirited and couldn't keep quiet." Ghazaleh Chalabi's aunt said. Almost a month after Ghazaleh was killed, on 20 October, the video that she was taking at the moment of her death was broadcasted by the news agencies. Ghazaleh was shouting: "Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, we are all together." before getting killed. Chelavi's family announced that they wanted to donate her body parts, but the regime did not allow them, claiming that "this will make Ghazaleh a legend.”
Islamic Republic’s authorities employed children as part of their club-wielding forces against the anti-regime protesters. This is not new and had been done during the 2009 movement in Iran. As of October 18th, there hasn't been any reaction from UNICEF or UNESCO regarding this tragedy. Their shameless crimes don't stop there. Iranian Authorities used ambulances for arresting and transporting anti-riot forces. Several videos have been published that show ambulances standing in line in front of detention centers and police stations, or other facilities that are connected to the authorities in some way. Social media users have repeatedly warned and emailed Red Cross to inform them about the situation in Iran, but they didn't receive any proper response to this day.
Anonymous declared war on the Iranian regime and launched its #OpIran campaign against the regime's websites, including the ones belonging to the Iranian Intelligence and police. The group called for action to launch DDoS attacks on Iranian websites, steal their data and leak them online. Hacktivists also invite Iranian citizens to bypass state censorship by using the Tor browser. Anonymous also hacked the Forensic Research Center, the Iranian Assembly and leaked stolen data online, and also took down the Iran state-affiliated medias. Other hacktivist have been supporting Iran protests. In one case, on October 8th, they managed to hack national TV.
Women in Iran and all over the world have been removing their hijab, burning headscarves, shouting “Zhin, Zhiyan, Azadi” (Woman, life, freedom) and no to the headscarf, yes to freedom and equality. Some have cut or shaved their hair in solidarity with Iranians. Many high-profile international women have filmed themselves cutting their hair in support of Iranian women and girls who have been killed in protests. This turned into a symbol of unity with the uprising in Iran.
Demonstrators have employed a variety of slogans and placards in these protests, which directly criticize the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Khamenei, the dictator leader. "Woman, Life, Freedom" ("Zan, Zendegi, Azadi") is the signature slogan of the protests. Protesters have shown strong opposition to human rights violations perpetrated by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in particular.
Hours after Mahsa's death, demonstrators gathered outside Kasra Hospital in Tehran, where she died. Reports showed that security forces deployed pepper spray against protesters and that several people were arrested. Following her burial, Saqqez (her hometown) was the scene of massive demonstrations. It soon became a national movement against all the crimes of the Islamic Republic in the past 43 years. Mahsa became a symbol of Iranian repression after her arrest and death. Protesters have been calling for justice for Mahsa as well as personal and political liberties and accountability from the nation's government. The protests, which spread all over Iran, have led to hundreds of arrests (no comma) including numerous journalists, and violence against protesters.
Mahsa (Zhina, or Jina) was arrested by the Iranian morality police for wearing her hijab improperly in public. Two hours after her arrest, the police station took her to a hospital. Eyewitnesses said she was insulted and severely beaten in the van. Mahsa died after 4 days in Coma. She died as a result of police brutality. Mahsa's family wrote an epitaph on her tombstone reading "Jina, dear! You will not die. Your name will turn into a symbol", a sentence that was cited repeatedly in the days after, during the protests.