Dozens of demonstrators killed, many wounded or arrested.
On Thursday, September 22, despite the clerical regime’s suppressive measures and shutting or slowing down the Internet and disrupting social media, the nationwide uprising spread to more than 100 cities in 30 provinces. In addition to different parts of Tehran, many other cities were the scenes of people rising up and chanting “death to Khamenei,” and the protesters confronting the brutal attacks by the State Security Force (SSF) and intelligence agents.
In recent days, the repressive forces have shot to death dozens of demonstrators, arrested many more. On Thursday, Tasnim News Agency, affiliated with the terrorist Quds Force, confirmed that 17 people had been killed in the protests on Wednesday. It wrote: “Unfortunately, we witnessed the death of 17 people in last night’s unrest in some cities of our country on September 21.”
The regime intends to turn the state-controlled Friday prayers into counterdemonstrations against the people’s uprising to boost the morale of its terrified forces and prepare the ground for more killings.
On Thursday evening, the youth and people of Tehran demonstrated in different districts, including Nazi Abad, Narmak, Aryashahr, Keshavarz Boulevard, Sadeghiyeh, Tehranpars, Niavaran, etc. On Hijab Street, Keshavarz Blvd., people came to the streets chanting, “Our enemy is right here; they lie saying it’s America,” and “Shame on our disgraced leader”. The protesters in the “Beheshti” subway station were chanting “Nobel Iranians, support, support.” In Resalat Square, youths set fire to the regime’s finance office.
In Qarchak and Varamin, youths attacked the governor’s office. In Fardis Karaj, repressive forces opened fire on people.
In Islamabad Gharb, the youths destroyed the repressive forces’ Kiosk. In Sanandaj, the sound of gunfire could be heard in the streets, and the youth blocked the path of the repressive forces by lighting fires in different areas. Angry people set fire to Khamenei’s representative office in Ilam. In Bukan, repressive forces opened fire on people. In Mashhad, people captured Ahmadabad police station. In Bojnurd, the demonstrators smashed a police vehicle with rocks and sticks and set it on fire. In Tabriz, people prevented the transfer of the arrested demonstrators by the regime forces. The youth set fire to the vehicle of the repressive forces. In Urmia, youths encountered suppressive forces.
The people of Nowshahr protested, chanting, “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Leader (Khamenei),” and set fire to the equipment of the repressive forces. In Babol, Khamenei’s large banner was set on fire. In Rasht, the repressive forces, who could not control the protests, sought help from the Qazvin Corps. In Hamedan, people protested in Be’sat Square, chanting, “Mullahs must get lost” and “Mojtaba (son of Ali Khamenei) will go to the grave before becoming the leader.” In Gachsaran, the youth confronted the repressive forces with rocks. In Kish, people set fire to the trailer of the suppressive forces.
On Thursday morning, the funeral of Minoo Majidi, martyred on September 20, in the Kermanshah demonstration, turned into an anti-regime protest. The funeral ceremony of 16-year-old Zakaria Khyal from Piranshahr, martyred on September 29, was held in Piranshahr on Thursday.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in her message at the beginning of the school year addressed to the rebellious youth of the country, said, defy helplessness and despair with a profound belief in change. Iran has set her sight on your extensive force of hope and perseverance. Freedom and people’s sovereignty are within reach more than ever.
Regarding the disruption on the Internet and its shutdown, Mrs. Rajavi said the Iranian regime has turned to Internet shutdown and blocking social media in a bid to prevent the spread of Iran protest news and images. However, the Iranian people’s cry for freedom cannot be extinguished. The world must condemn this cruel censorship and provide Iran unhindered Internet access.
September 23, 2022