The nationwide protests in Iran are continuing Friday, marking the 78th day of the popular uprising against the regime

Recently leaked audio files and documents about the authorities’ deliberations about how to deal with the uprising falls strikingly short of a sound understanding of the crises engulfing the regime.

Authorities have reflexively resorted to overt use of force on the streets, and severe torture and pressure directed at detainees and their families without tangible results. Khabar Online, a traditional conservative outlet, opined that the main reason for the escalation of protests and the regime’s inability to snuff them out is its failure to grasp the dynamics behind the crisis.

Today, enraged Baluch residents in many cities of Sistan & Baluchestan Province took to the streets following today’s mass prayers and began chanting slogans against the regime.

Reports on Friday morning indicate that despite extensive security measures in Sistan & Baluchestan Province, including flying military helicopters over various cities such as Chabahar and heightened security patrols in the streets, the people in many cities demonstrated openly against the regime.

People in the city of Iranshahr protested with chants of “Death to the dictator!” in reference to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Large protests were also reported in Zahedan, where a massive crowd gathered and chanted anti-regime slogans, including “Death to Khamenei!” “Death to the dictator!” The protesters also vowed to avenge the many people killed by the regime’s security forces during the nationwide protests, chanting, “I will kill those who killed my brother!” Women also took part in the protests in Zahedan, chanting, “With or without the hijab, onwards to a revolution.” The protesters also expressed solidarity with the people of Iran’s Kurdish regions, who have been brutally suppressed by the regime in the past weeks, “Kurds and Baluch are brothers, they despise the supreme leader,” protesters were chanting. They also chanted, “Death to the dictator, be it the Shah or the Leader (Khamenei).”

During the protests, regime security forces opened fire on protesters in Zahedan to no avail as protesters resisted and continued their rallies. Protests also took place in Nokabad, Iranshahr, Khash, and Chabahar.

Videos from Nokabad show security forces opening fire on protesters. In Iranshahr and Chabahar were chanting “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to Khamenei!”

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