In cold weather and rain, Iranians flooded the streets Monday night to hold anti-government rallies after student sit-ins and strikes flared up across the country.
Iranians embarked on a three-day action on Monday, Iranian Students Day to commemorate the strikes of December 5 and 6 and the murder of several students at Tehran University in 1953. The call focused on the 7th of March meeting. It is the traditional day of the national assembly. Coinciding with Students’ Day, protesters also called for business strikes and rallies to Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square.
Students from many universities across Iran did not attend Monday’s classes, and some campuses held sit-ins and rallies to protest against the Islamic Republic and its repressive institutions.
Meanwhile, as many shops and businesses closed their doors in a nationwide action, the country’s judiciary had to come up with a new propaganda policy to justify the strike.・Ejey He accused the “mob” of threatening the shopkeeper. Hardliners, led by the Revolutionary Guard, have called the protesters “rioters” and “thugs.”
The death sentences of some protesters have been confirmed, emphasizing that they will be executed soon, apparently intended to scare demonstrators into stopping their efforts to overthrow the regime. institution.
The authorities also Jewelry store and restaurant owned by Iranian football legend Ali Daei After he closed his business to participate in an anti-government strike. Since the beginning of the riots caused by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, Hijab – or the so-called “moral” police — A strike was held in mid-September to support street protests. Authorities continue to threaten to fine them or shut down businesses as punishment if they close in support of the protests.
Despite internet restrictions in many parts of the country, social media has exploded with videos of closed shops in bazaars and markets in many cities and towns. Bazaars in Tehran and shops in big cities such as Karaj, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Shiraz, Boynoort, Kerman, Sabzevar, Ilam, Ardabil and Rahijan were closed. The list of cities continues as more videos are still being shared online.
Bazaar in Tabriz on December 5, 2022
The strikes were particularly widespread in Kurdish-majority cities. Hengaw, a rights group based in Norway that monitors human rights abuses in Kurdish areas, reported that 19 cities had joined the strike movement in western Iran.
But as night fell, the streets, which had been quiet during the day, became the scene of anti-government protests, with people chanting anti-government slogans. In some areas of large cities, including the capital Tehran and the religious city of Mashhad, people chanted slogans, blocked roads and waited for security forces to show up. The first rains and snow in many cities have made the roads slippery, which demonstrators are enjoying as a hurdle for regime operatives on motorbikes. Gunshots can be heard in some social media videos saying people have opened fire on security forces.