Iran Uprising-Daily Wrap Up
Iran-Nationwide Protests to Gas Prices Draws Reaction from the Regime
November 21, 2019
• As we move into the 7th consecutive day of what started off as a protest to a fuel price rise and rapidly escalated to a general uprising against the religious dictatorship in Iran, several events stand out:
o #IranProtests have reached 146 cities across Iran
o Death toll: 251
o Injuries: Over 3,700
o Arrests: Over 7,000
o PMOI/MEK has obtained & will publish the names of 85 protesters killed by the regime's security forces.
o Khamenei and Rouhani have claimed a hollow victory as the state-sponsored killing of protesters who have not backed down continues (see below news of continued acts of protest throughout Iran, which has seen hundreds of state centers of repression and other government agencies set ablaze by angry Iranians)
o Iran’s resistance leader, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has sent a message to Iranians and resistance units, who have led the protests, and declared that the “religious dictatorship has reached the end of the line.” She added, “the army of the unemployed and hungry, the army of suppressed women, and the army of those who have nothing to lose but their chains, is not going to give in and surrender. They are not thinking of reforming the regime. They are not seeking to attract the State Security Force or the Revolutionary Guards. They want to uproot the entire regime.”
If defying the rule of religious dictatorship &rising up to establish freedom, democracy and equality are considered mischief &insecurity for the mullahs’ regime, then #Iran’s rebellious youths, resistance units, &all the Mojahedin &freedom fighters are proud of having done so. pic.twitter.com/Nc8abR8tPn— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 21, 2019
o Reports indicate that the Iranian regime is continuing repression and killings behind closed doors. Netblocks reports that for 113 hours Iran’s access to the Internet has been actively blocked by the regime in an effort to stifle any news of the unprecedented uprising reaching the world.
Update: A small return of connectivity has been tracked in #Iran at shutdown hour 113, along with reports that some users have come online; real-time network data show national connectivity up slightly to 8%; unclear if restoration will be sustained 📈#Internet4Iran #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/7qsR5nH0kq— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) November 21, 2019
• The state-run Jomhury Eslami daily, whose editorials reflect the positions of the Iranian regime’s Khamenei, openly expressed fear of protesters supporting the Iranian resistance and of a coordinated campaign to bring the regime down.
• The state-run Fars News Agency admitted the prominent role of women in leading protests and cited attacks by women protesters on Bassij bases and encouraging others in these protests. Women are doubly suppressed in Iran and have consistently exhibited a high potential for anti-regime activity and women of 30 to 35 years of age have played a significant role in leading the current round of protests. The regime news agency wrote, “These women are each pursuing different and coordinated objectives. One taking the footage, another blocking vehicle and a third encouraging people to join the protesters' ranks. The high number of women taking part in these protests is an important element in encouraging the public" against the regime, the story adds.
• In a significant escalation of the protests, local sources have reported that angry protesters in the cities of Malard, Robat Karim, Shahriar, and Eslamshahr, all located near the capital, are using firearms such as AK-47s and grenades in fending off regime security forces. Most protesters were seen wearing masks and swimming goggles, to guard against the effects of tear gas.
• Regime news sources have reported that over 80 chain supermarkets belonging to the IRGC whose members are shock troops in suppressing the protests have been burnt to the ground. Most of the supermarkets are located in cities around Tehran including Marlik, Parand, Shahriar, Robat Karim, Fardis, Malard, Shahr-e Quds, Varamin, and Hassan Abad. The protestors also stormed another such supermarket located east of Tehran. Protesters are spreading the word about which stores and businesses belong to the IRGC and state agencies as they vent their anger on the poverty that the regime has led them to.
• According to the state-run IRNA news agency, in Shiraz, south-central Iran, protesters damaged four paramilitary centers affiliated to the mullahs’ regime. A protester from Shiraz indicated in a report that the regime’s army units have not come to the aid of the IRGC units requesting reinforcements and are refusing to participate in the suppression of protesters.
• Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting regarding the increasing number of protesters killed by the mullahs’ regime in Iran. “In light of the growing numbers of people killed and wounded across Iran, I urge the UN Secretary-General to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to brief them about the crimes of Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Tehran,”
In light of the growing numbers of people killed and wounded across #Iran, I urge the UN Secretary General to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to brief them about the crimes of Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Tehran. #Iranprotests pic.twitter.com/qW28xyH9qD— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 20, 2019
• The regime continued a near-total Internet blackout of the whole country. Reports indicate that almost all network access, except for some regime agencies, has been disrupted by order of the regime.
• A report on the state of protests at 8:10 PM CET on Wednesday, November 20, 2019:
o Insurgent youth in Pakdasht and Varameen (south of Tehran) have established roadblocks to confront the regime’s security forces.
o In the city of Gorgan, northern Iran, the protesters are clashing with the regime’s security forces.
o In Tehran, Piroozi Avenue, defiant youth are clashing with the regime’s security forces.
o On Wednesday morning, rebellious youth torched the regime’s Bank Meli.
o The nationwide protests have now spread to over 144 cities.
o Reports indicate more than 3500 people have been so far injured during the nationwide uprising in Iran.
o It is reported that the southern Tehran suburb of Islamshar’s police station has been overrun by protesters.
o An Iranian citizen said: “My friend told me there is a martial law at Quds town. On Tuesday they also captured the police station.”
o A Report from Malard indicates that no banks are left in Malard, not even an ATM machine. All the state buildings are destroyed.
o A report from Islamshahr indicates: “On Tuesday midnight, a branch of the Bank Meli was torched by the protestors. The security and the IRGC forces didn’t dare to approach the people. People are staying on the streets despite the cold weather and rain. In the cities of Pakdasht and Varamin, people have created roadblocks. We can’t continue with this internet it constantly stops working.”